DC stands by Ezra Miller and will push their upcoming superhero movie The Flash, despite the string of controversies involving the actor.
Ezra Miller's The Flash Is Pushing Through
Miller, who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them, had a tumultuous year after being involved in a series of arrests and public meltdowns. Many were wondering if their film would be cancelled or not due to their controversies. Despite the incidents, DC made it clear that it is not withdrawing its support for the actor and The Flash.
"Ezra is completely committed to their recovery," DC co-head Peter Safran, Variety reported.
"And we are fully supportive of that journey that they're on right now. When the time is right, when they feel like they're ready to have the discussion, we'll all figure out what the best path forward is. But right now, they are completely focused on their recovery. And in our conversations with them over the last couple of months, it feels like they're making enormous progress."
DC co-head James Gunn and Safran had laid out their vision for the rest of DC Universe. Gunn said The Flash "resets everything" and will segue into Blue Beetle, then Aquaman 2, which will lead into the new Superman film sans Henry Cavill.
"These four movies are terrific. There's no reason why any of the characters and the actors playing those characters are not part of the DCU. There's nothing that prohibits that from happening," Safran added.
The Flash opens on June 16.
Ezra Miller Apologized Over Behavior, Sought Treatment
The embattled actor issued a public apology last year, months after being involved in a string of controversies.
"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," Miller said in a statement to Variety.
"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."
However, some were apprehensive of Miller's statement. Greg Alba, host of the Reel Rejects found "calculated words" in Miller's apology statement. He felt that Miller was not owning up to their previous actions.
Alba's co-host Johnald echoed the same sentiment. The duo joked that the apology was about "damage control" because the movie was due 10 months after the apology was issued.
Johnald said Miller's statement "doesn't seem coincidental."
"This is all really lining up with everything we've been hearing [and] reported on. Yeah, and a weird time to drop the information," he added.
What can you say about DC pushing through with The Flash despite Ezra Miller's controversies? Will you watch the film?