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Is Ezra Miller Apology Merely WB Studios’ PR Strategy To Save The Flash – A Movie They Have Already Invested $200M In?

Warner Bros’ The Flash was plagued by several issues right from its inception. To make matters worse, the lead star, Ezra Miller, has had a disastrous year leading up to the present day. The past several months have seen Miller being involved in many embarrassing and problematic incidents. This steady supply of bad press has wrecked Ezra Miller’s public image and also that of the movie The Flash, by association.

Ezra Miller as the Flash\

The latest development in The Flash’s sorry saga is a statement issued by the 29-year-old actor, where he apologizes for his actions and promises to seek help for their “complex mental health issues”. 

Ezra Miller’s Apology: Last Ditch Effort to Save The Flash?

Ezra Miller issues a statement
The actor: Ezra Miller

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The Flash actor issued a statement via Variety, where they apologize “to anyone”  that has been “alarmed and upset” by their “past behavior”. The statement reads:

“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment. I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe, and productive stage in my life.” 

Questionable choice of words aside, Ezra Miller seems to acknowledge their inappropriate actions over the past year. Furthermore, they open up about their mental health issues and promise to get treatment for the same, and the statement ends on an optimistic note. Cornered with a barrage of negative press, a growing chorus of fan disapproval, and even outright hostility towards the actor, this statement comes as the first step towards damage control.

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The Fate of The Flash Hangs in The Balance

Ezra Miller issues a statement
Ezra Miller issues a statement

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Would this statement be enough to win over legions of angry fans? Many, many fans want Miller to be replaced in the film. The scheduled release date of the film is still several months away and a lot can happen over this time. Much depends on the course of developments that take place between now and then. A string of exonerating news can salvage Miller’s reputation and can save the movie. On the other hand, continuing bad news can sink the fate of both, Ezra Miller and The Flash. 

Would this damage control exercise be enough? Ezra Miller and WB studios would certainly hope so. Miller still hasn’t been convicted of any of the alleged wrongdoings ascribed to him in the recent past. Perhaps, there might still be hope.

The Flash is slated for release on June 23, 2023, in the United States.

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