WB will reportedly be keeping Ezra Miller on as the Flash, despite speculation about their potential recasting following several incidents in Hawaii.
Even after a pair of legal incidents in Hawaii that stirred up controversy for actor Ezra Miller, Warner Bros. reportedly intends to maintain the star’s presence in The Flash. Miller first appeared in the DC Extended Universe as “The Fastest Man Alive” in cameos for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad before playing a more prominent role in Justice League and eventually receiving their standalone film The Flash. The solo project will explore Barry Allen’s background and presumably connect to the famous Flashpoint comics storyline, featuring several versions of Barry and potentially harboring significant implications for the entire DCEU.
While Miller has achieved acclaim for their humorous portrayal of the Flash, real-world scuffles with the law have arguably marred that success. In 2020, they were shrouded in controversy when a video arose depicting Miller choking a woman at a bar in Iceland, though the actor faced no charges. Recently, Miller was arrested following an altercation at a bar in Hawaii, then got slapped with a restraining order in a separate occurrence, before finally being arrested a second time—again in Hawaii, this time for second-degree assault.
The legal issues stirred up fans who called for their recasting as the Flash and Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and led to speculation that WB was looking to replace them. Adam B. Vary, a Senior Entertainment Writer at Variety, has confirmed that WB is not considering such a move — at least for The Flash — despite the numerous controversies. Check out the post below:
I'm told that WB is *not* considering replacing Ezra Miller on THE FLASH. Miller was arrested twice in Hawai'i this year, once for disorderly conduct and harassment, and again for second-degree assault.
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The report discredits an unverified news piece about WB execs entertaining the possibility of letting Miller go as the Scarlet Speedster. Notably, Vary makes no mention of the Harry Potter spinoff series, hinting that Miller could be considering leaving Fantastic Beasts of their own accord despite WB’s silence about the Hawaii events. The writer also clarifies that The Flash wrapped filming months ago, meaning that the studio would have to reshoot all or most of the film and suffer a massive financial blow if they were to consider replacing Miller. So if WB’s reluctance to comment on the matter wasn’t already an indication of their commitment, they likely don’t want to waste so much cash on reshoots well into the movie’s post-production phase.
While hodge-podge journalism and understandably distraught fans can account for most of the drama surrounding Miller’s status in The Flash, it does appear as if WB is backing their star, if only for logistical and financial purposes. Any moral stance about the situation is still unclear, though actors have been fired for far less. Ultimately, it would be interesting to see Grant Gustin in the DCEU or a completely new actor take Miller’s place, but the lack of consequences for their crimes does not seem to invite panic on the studio’s part, only free publicity for an already highly anticipated blockbuster movie.
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Source: Adam B. Vary
Bart Woinski is a writer, podcaster, and filmmaker from Metro Detroit. He is a new addition to the Screen Rant Core News team but a lifelong and passionate fan of cinema and TV. Along with writing for Screen Rant, Bart is an aspiring feature screenwriter, hosts the horror entertainment podcast Grave Discussions, and works full-time at a city and regional magazine publication. When he isn’t watching something or writing, Bart enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, Rupert, playing video games, reading, and playing disc golf.