The last several months have been both a roller coaster and a nightmare for Ezra Miller, star of The Flash and Fantastic Beasts, and everyone linked with him. The actor has faced backlash after being detained twice for allegations that were borderline insane. While they dealt with the legal matters, the main concern for viewers across the world was whether Warner Bros. would keep Miller on the job or terminate him. The possibilities of him being kicked out of the project were high since Johnny Depp too was removed from his part in the Fantastic Beasts Franchise. However, it is surprising to see WB moving ahead with Ezra Miller.
For the unfamiliar, Ezra Miller was originally arrested for misbehavior and harassment on March 27. A restraining order was issued against him after he reportedly broke into a Hawaiian couple’s residence and threatened their life while taking several goods. Following an accusation of second-degree assault, Ezra was detained again in April. He allegedly tossed a chair at a 26-year-old woman, leaving her with a half-inch cut on her forehead.
Why Ezra Miller won’t be fired from The Flash?
Ezra Miller, who plays in “The Flash” and is nonbinary and queer, feels like a refreshingly progressive choice to front a major all-audience summer movie at a time when superhero adaptations are mostly inhabited by straight performers. Given DC Films’ track record of financial success, early indications that “The Flash” may be a crowd-pleasing blockbuster are not only welcome but necessary for the film to prosper at the box office.
Miller has just one major flaw: he can’t manage to keep out of trouble. The actor has been arrested or detained many times in recent months for harassment, misconduct, and a traffic violation. These occurrences have sparked conjecture regarding Warner Bros.’ intentions for the blockbuster-in-the-making, which will be Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Scarlet Speedster, a.k.a. the Flash’s first solo feature. Will Ezra get fired by WB? The answer is a resounding no.
Unless something unexpected happens, Warner Bros. plans to give the superhero feature the full blockbuster treatment, according to insiders. “The Flash” just cost too much money to cancel, and it is unlikely to produce enough cash to break even if it is not released in theatres. Miller would have to be on his best behavior for option three to happen without causing a major backlash. And it’s a major question because Miller has been beset by controversy after controversy, leaving collaborators worried about his well-being.
Insiders claim that replacing Miller on “The Flash” would need reshooting the whole film. He’s in almost every scene, and there isn’t enough digital technology to configure that magic without starting from scratch. And remaking the entire picture is unrealistic for any film, let alone one that just ended production months ago and has already cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, the actor charged with bringing the Flash to the big screen may be jeopardizing the franchise’s future and the studio’s desire to work with Ezra Miller. Even if Miller has to put down his shoes, there’s reason to believe the Flash can keep going.