Due to Ezra Miller’s persistent legal issues, Warner Bros. sources have stated that “even if no new claims arise,” the company “will not likely keep Miller in the Flash role in future DC films.”
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav and his team are facing a potential “first movie crisis” as The Flash’s release date approaches on June 23, 2023. This is owing to Ezra Miller’s ongoing legal difficulties, which began in March 2022 when the actor was detained and fined for disorderly conduct in Hawaii.
Warner Bros. has reportedly attempted to aid Miller, but “headlines continue to mount up,” according to Deadline. This is obviously a problem for the studio, given Flash is a major tentpole movie for the DCEU, with a $200 million budget, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck reprising their roles as Batman, and being directed by IT filmmaker Andy Muschietti.
If they continue to have legal issues, it may compel Zaslav and the rest of the company to scale back the promotion and planned media tour, send the picture directly to HBO Max, or “lean in toward making the movie a hit and then dropping Miller if they can’t sort things out.”
“This is a lose-lose situation for Warner Bros,” a studio source told Deadline. “For Zaslav, this is a hereditary condition. The hope is that the scandal will be contained before the film’s premiere and that everything will turn out well.”
Miller recently erased their Instagram account, according to sources, and a court trying to serve an order on them is unable to identify them. Miller’s problems have spread beyond Hawaii, with allegations of assault, psychological intimidation, and other sorts of misbehavior now being made in Massachusetts and North Dakota.
This isn’t the first time Warner Bros. has had to deal with a situation like this; after the Fantastic Beasts actor who played Grindlewald was accused of sexual misconduct, the studio replaced him with Mads Mikkelsen. Depp and Heard just wrapped up a six-week trial in which the jury ruled in Depp’s favor in his defamation claim against his ex-wife.