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‘The Flash’ actor Ezra Miller could lose 2 major film franchises

Another day, another fumbled bag.

words by: Alee Kwong
Apr 25, 2022

Ezra Miller (whose pronouns are they/them), while a promising young actor, has managed to put their career in the balances—and things are not looking good at all. The Flash actor was recently arrested in Hawaii, and had been the cause of 10 separate calls to police in Hilo since March 7, Hawaiian police told the Associated Press on March 31.

 

According to assistant chief, Kenneth Quiocho, Miller’s altercation at a karaoke bar was prompted by a performance of “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, from the movie A Star Is Born. Shortly after posting the $500 bail for the incident, Quiocho said, police had to escort them from a hostel on March 29. A restraining order was filed, per the AP, claiming Miller threatened and stole from two people after breaking into their room.

 

 

You don’t have to be a famous actor to know this truth—when you’re signed onto a major film franchise, don’t mess it up. The largest risk that Miller took was compromising their role in the DCEU. Their upcoming film was meant to reset the DCEU, and prime a completely clean slate for a new creative direction. An insider stated that the speedster’s solo film (which has been in the works for almost a decade) went through production hell last year, with Miller having “frequent meltdowns.” The insider described Miller as “losing it” on set, but while they were immensely stressed—they weren’t violent.

 

To make matters worse, Miller’s most recent projects have been exclusively with Warner Bros. Not only do they play The Flash in the DCEU, but they play Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts series.

 

As told by Variety, Warner Bros. has not yet given a green light to a planned fourth entry in the Fantastic Beasts series. No script is in place, and the studio is taking a wait-and-see approach following the success metrics of The Secrets of Dumbledore. The Wizarding World creator, J.K. Rowling, who is heavily involved in the films and co-wrote the screenplay for this latest entry, originally had a five-film arc mapped out. Many fans have boycotted the prequel series due to Rowling’s involvement. Miller’s recent arrest (and subsequent restraining order) does not inspire confidence that the five-film arc will see its way through to the end.

 

Executives from Warner Bros. held an emergency meeting recently after the actor’s controversial arrest. In a report by Rolling Stone, it’s been reported that “the consensus in the room was to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller including possible appearances in the DC Cinematic Universe.”

 

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Photos via Warner Bros.