Despite the recent spate of controversies engulfing The Flash star Ezra Miller, producer Barbara Muschietti is remaining optimistic about the DC film’s future.
Following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, DC Films seems to be undergoing an overhaul and it has started claiming casualties. Despite almost being completed, Leslie Grace’s Batgirl has been cancelled by the studio and it’s looking like other DC projects, such as Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, may face the same fate.
Even before Batgirl was shelved, The Flash was on shaky ground. Earlier this year, star Ezra Miller was arrested twice following violent incidents and they currently face a series of further allegations. However, Barbara Muschietti has suggested The Flash is still set for its June 2023 release.
‘The Flash’: Too Big To Cancel?
As a major DCEU project, The Flash boasts a significantly higher budget than Batgirl, which had orginally been slated for an HBO Max exclusive release. It may also be fundamental in shaping the future direction of DC’s film output. As such, canceling it doesn’t look like a viable option for Warner Bros. Discovery.
There have been calls for Ezra Miller to be replaced in the film, though now that filming has been completed, this would surely be a costly process on top of the film’s already impressive budget. Following Batgirl‘s cancellation for seemingly far less serious reasons, it’s looking more difficult for Warner Bros. to justify releasing The Flash.
However, despite the DC overhaul and cancellation of other projects, The Flash producer Barbara Muschietti has claimed “All is good in Flash land,” according to a message shared by “The Flash Film News” on Twitter.
Given Ezra Miller’s frequent recent run-ins with the law and their recent evasion of authorities trying to serve them a court order, it’s unlikely many would agree that “All is well in Flash land.” However, it looks like Warner Bros. Discovery has so far not decided to alter, delay or shelve the film.
Obviously a huge cast and crew worked on The Flash and it seems unfair that all of their hard work should suffer because of Miller’s actions, but for many, the inclusion of Ezra Miller in the lead role will be reason enough to give The Flash a miss.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller, The Flash also features Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as two separate versions of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Rudy Mancuso, and Luke Brandon Field are also on board in undisclosed roles.
The Flash opens on June 23, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Ezra Miler’s future in the DC Extended Universe, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!