'The Flash' Still Speeding to Screens Despite Ezra Miller's Controversies

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday August 5, 2022

Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller  (Source:Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

There's good news for fans of "The Flash" worried that star Ezra Miller's various controversies might have derailed the movie: Warner Bros. says the flick is still on course to hit screens next summer, according to NBC News.

David Zaslav, the head of Warner Bros. Discovery, "appeared to confirm that 'The Flash' will hit theaters as planned," NBC News detailed, "saying on a second-quarter company earnings call that the $200 million spectacle was one of the DC films that excited him the most."

The news comes after an announcement that one DC comics-inspired project, "Batgirl," is to be scrapped despite its $90 million price tag.

Other than that, the slate of upcoming superhero films seems intact. On the Aug. 4 call, Zaslav "rattled off a list of upcoming movies based on DC Comics characters, including 'Black Adam,' the sequel to 'Shazam!' and 'The Flash,' starring Miller as the superhuman speedster Barry Allen," the NBC article added, with Zaslav saying, "We're very excited about them."

There had been some uncertainty that the project would actually arrive in cinemas following a rash of headlines concerning Miller. In June, Miller — who is non-binary and uses "they/them" pronouns — was at the center of allegations claiming that a mother and her young children were staying at Miller's Vermont residence in an "unsafe" situation involving guns and marijuana.

Previous to that, a non-binary 12-year-old child and their mother claimed that the actor "menaced" them last February, with Miller lashing out at the mother before making friendly overtures toward the minor. Miller also reportedly told the mother that her child was "an elevated being, and they would be lucky to have someone like me guide them." The child said that on subsequent visits the actor made them uncomfortable with their hugs.

In another development, Miller was accused of drugging and brainwashing 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes, with Tokata's parents claiming that Miller subjected their daughter to "cult-like and psychologically manipulative, controlling behavior," according to People Magazine. The actor's relationship with the teen reportedly started when Tokata was 12 years old.

Tokata posted an Instagram video disputing those allegations, though the parents insist that Miller was monitoring and manipulating Tokata's communications.

Earlier this year in Hawaii, Miller had multiple encounters with law enforcement, including a couple requesting a restraining order against them after they reportedly burst into their room and threatened them, an arrest for alleged assault, and an incident at a bar in Hilo where the actor was reportedly harassing patrons.

Reports of problematic behavior from the actor date back even further. In 2020, a video seemed to show Miller choking a woman in Reykjavík, Iceland. More recently, the woman in that video revealed more details in an interview with Variety, which also reported on a German woman's experience with the actor allegedly growing abusive toward her in her apartment in Berlin.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.