Over the summer, actor Ezra Miller was cited in several states for different crimes. The bad publicity led Warner Brothers to have an emergency meeting regarding next year’s The Flash. The studio had multiple scinerios in place regarding the actor’s behavior on how to promote the movie. They included the actor apologizing for their behavior with minimal presence during the film’s press tour, the actor recast for a future Flash movie, and completely skipping the press tour. Finally, at one point, they considered axing the entire film despite costing the company millions.
Miller eventually apologized for their actions and sought professional help. However, today the actor entered a “not guilty” plea in the state of Vermont regarding the charge of burglary into an occupied dwelling (via CBS WCAX3). Interestingly, The Hollywood Reporter also dropped their state of the DC Comics report today. In the report, it was revealed that the script for The Flash sequel has already been completed. It is unknown if Miller’s pending trial and lousy publicity will affect their future with WB, including the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
According to MyTimeToShine in September, Miller will not return to the role regardless of the film’s success. Many have suggested simply recasting Barry Allen, while others say to move on to the Wally West version of the character. It’s unknown which WB will choose as Warner Brothers has not publically commented on its relationship with Miller moving forward. However, according to The Wrap, the actor did participate in small reshoots just last week.
The Flash hits theaters June 23rd, 2023