‘The Flash’ Faces Uncertain Future At Warner Bros. Discovery Following ‘Batgirl’ Cancelation

Warner Bros. is conflicted over The Flash's future.

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Warner Bros. Discovery is reportedly struggling to decide how to handle Ezra Miller’s The Flash following the decision to shelve Leslie Grace’s Batgirl.

Batgirl was practically complete when Warner Bros. Discovery announced yesterday that the film would not be released. In a follow-up statement, the company said the decision reflected their shifting strategy for the DC Universe. Poor test screenings were reportedly an influential factor in the decision.

While Batgirl‘s release has now been canceled, the studio is said to be conflicted over the future of The Flash following star Ezra Miller’s repeated run-ins with the law in recent months.

‘The Flash’ Runs Into Trouble At DC

The Flash has reportedly performed far better than the canceled Batgirl at test screenings, however it is stuck in something of a PR nightmare over recent allegations made against its star, Ezra Miller.

Ezra Miller was arrested twice in Hawaii earlier this year, following two separate violent incidents. They have since faced allegations of grooming and child endangerment and spent a period evading authorities trying to serve them court papers.

Following Miller’s actions, there have been calls for the star of The Flash to be replaced in the film, or for The Flash to be scrapped altogether. Warner Bros. had previously insisted the film would still be released with Miller in the lead role, given that shooting had wrapped on the costly blockbuster.

Given the studio’s decision to axe Batgirl once the film was already complete and nearing its release date, many fans may be shocked to see a production – even a far more expensive one – with Ezra Miller in the lead role still going ahead.

According to Variety’s report on Batgirl‘s cancelation, Warner Bros. Discovery “is still contending with what to do about The Flash… The film has been utterly hamstrung by repeated allegations of abuse and misconduct by its star, Ezra Miller.” Following the decision made on Batgirl for far less serious issues, the future of The Flash is looking more uncertain than ever.

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!

Source: Variety