Poor Warner Bros. They hadn’t even figured out what to do about Amber Heard, the Destroyer Of Beds, when yet another DC property was impacted by the behaviour of a cast member. Ezra Miller.
Miller choked a fan, was arrested several times for drunk, disorderly behaviour and assault, and had an aborted restraining order application made against him. Then he finally went full fugitive with the recent alleged manipulating of an 18-year-old, disappearing with her following allegations from her parents that he “groomed” her from the age of 12.
Seemingly on the run with 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes, the drama of Ezra Miller has taken another bizarre twist. Miller seems to have deleted his Instagram account after making a series of posts seeming to taunt the authorities. They remain unable to locate Miller. Miller’s recent messages stated:
“You cannot touch me I am in another universe.”
He also claimed to be:
“Message from another dimension.”
As well as a series of memes, he went on to post:
“I am shielded from negative people & their ill intent. My spirit, mind, body, soul + success are not altered by anyone’s envy. I am protected from all negative [illegible] people attempt to throw at me. Subconsciously & consciously. I clear any & all hidden peers who are hidden enemies.”
The Flash is in the can, and finished. There is little to no possibility of his role being removed, the character re-cast or re-shot. It has sunk costs of over $100 million, and advertising will already have been planned and bought. As it apparently serves a key moment in the DCEU timeline, freeing up other projects to diverge from the Snyderverse completely, it is important to their ongoing strategy. It is also a big enough tentpole to make a shift to HBO Max potentially painful, making the “Bury It!” strategy unappealing to suits.
So what to do? New Warner Discovery CEO David Zaslav will no doubt be thrilled with these developments. The answer is simple and the press release should read:
“We are, of course, very concerned for the well-being of our colleague Ezra Miller and Warner Bros. Discovery stands ready to support in getting him any help he may need. We take the mental health care of all of our colleagues and collaborators very seriously.
We considered delaying the release of this movie, but out of respect for the thousands of talented artists, technicians and creatives who worked with us on this project, who we believe have a right to share their work with fans, we have decided to proceed with the release as planned.
Ezra Miller will be taking no part in the publicity activity around this release and will be unable to attend the premiere.”
It’s fine David, you can have this one on us. We will just start billing you for the consultancy fees on how to create a DCEU that isn’t an almighty clusterfuck later.