In recent months, The Flash star Ezra Miller has been dogged by abuse allegations and other legal issues – raising questions about whether Warner Bros. Pictures would go ahead with plans to release the DC Comics superhero film.
But on Thursday, Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav appeared to confirm “The Flash” will hit theaters as planned, saying at a company’s second-quarter earnings call that the $200 million extravaganza was one of the DC movies that got him most excited.
The Flash is scheduled for release on June 23, 2023. A spokesman for Warner Bros. Pictures did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Speaking to investors and reporters, Zaslav rattled off a list of upcoming films based on DC Comics characters, including Black Adam, the sequel to Shazam!. and “The Flash,” starring Miller as superhuman speedster Barry Allen.
“We are very excited about it,” Zaslav said of the projects.
Zaslav further suggested that all three films could be optimized before arriving in multiplexes. “We saw her,” he said. “We think they’re great and we think we can make them even better.”
Black Adam, which stars Dwayne Johnson as a hulking anti-hero, hits theaters in October. Two months later, just before Christmas, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” starring Zachary Levi.
In June, a Massachusetts mother was awarded a restraining order against 29-year-old Miller on behalf of her 12-year-old child stating that there was a “substantial likelihood of an imminent threat of molestation.”
Miller, who identifies as non-binary gender and uses she/them pronouns, has now been asked to appear in court in two states after parents accused her of grooming, abuse and intimidation involving a non-binary child (12) and a non-binary adult (18) were involved.
The actor was also arrested twice this year, both times in Hawaii, for disorderly conduct and second-degree assault.
We’ve restructured the business, where we’re going to be focused, where there’s going to be a team with a 10-year plan that’s just focused on DC
Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav
The Flash gave Miller her first starring role in a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. They have portrayed the Flash in other DC films and have appeared in films such as We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
The allegations against Miller inspired a fan-led social media campaign to scrap “The Flash” from the Warner Bros. release calendar — or Re-recording with a different actor in the title role.
Zaslav and other Warner Bros. Discovery executives confirmed Thursday that the company plans to launch a “10 Year Plan” for films based on DC Comics, turning the franchise into a creative juggernaut like Disney’s own Marvel Studios.
“You’re looking at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are well known around the world,” Zazlav said during the conference call.
“We did a reset. We’ve restructured the business, where we’re going to be focused, where there’s going to be a team with a 10-year plan that’s just focused on DC. We believe we can build a much more sustainable business. “
Zaslav’s comments on DC and The Flash came two days after it was announced that Warner Bros. had decided to discontinue Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, films produced exclusively for HBO Max and greened by the previous corporate regime got light.
“We won’t release a movie if we don’t believe in it,” Zaslav said during the call.
“Batgirl” and the “Scoob!” The sequel will not be distributed on a streaming platform or released in theaters – apparently so the company can take a tax write-off on both projects and try to recoup production costs. by variety.
“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift in our leadership regarding the DC Universe and HBO Max,” a spokesman for Warner Bros. Pictures said in a statement, adding that “Batgirl” star Leslie Grace “an incredibly talented actor and this decision doesn’t reflect her performance.”
Kat Tenbarge contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/movies/-flash-still-track-ezra-miller-controversies-warner-bros-discovery-chi-rcna41647 The Flash is still on course despite the controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, the Warner Bros. Discovery boss confirms