Earlier this week, James Gunn took to his Twitter account to announce what DC Studios has planned over the next ten or so years. And while many surprises have yet to be revealed, we know that The Flash will reset the DCU after it releases this June. And, curiously, it seems Ezra Miller, whose career has been in limbo over the last couple of years, may end up sticking around as the DCU’s fastest man alive.
As we reported earlier today, James Gunn clarified that while the DCU will indeed start over after the events of The Flash, which comes out this summer in June, some things won’t be affected by what transpires in the Ezra Miller-led film. This is why Viola Davis will continue as Amanda Waller, why the Peacemaker crew will likely be unchanged, and why Blue Beetle and Aquaman 2 come out after The Flash, with the same actors. In fact, even Shazam! might be safe, based on Gunn’s verbiage stating that they are in the DCU and not the separate and isolated Elseworlds projects (Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Joker, etc.). But, if reports are to be believed, Ezra Miller could also possibly be safe from being recast. Maybe.
Deadline is reporting that DC Studios and its co-CEO Peter Safran, who was asked about Miller’s recovery process, are “fully supportive” of Miller and their recovery. Safran went on to say that while Miller is on the road to bettering themselves, they will have a conversation in the near future about “what the best way forward is”. Safran also went on to state that while Miller is completely focused on their recovery”, they have been having multiple conversations over the last couple of months.
Here is the full quote:
“Ezra is completely committed to their recovery. We’re fully supportive of that journey that they’re on right now. When the time is right, when they feel they are ready to have the discussion, we’ll all figure out what the best way 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.”
If we were to place money on it, the future of Ezra Miller’s career in entertainment and his role as Barry Allen/The Flash in the DCU will be decided by two things: how quickly the audience forgets about Miller’s past transgressions, and how much money The Flash makes at the box office this summer.
It seemed clear that prior to the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery, now Warner Bros. Discovery, that Miller was out and that the universal reset elements of The Flash would allow a new actor to take over the role of the DCU’s fastest man alive but now it seems like DC Studios is hanging on to the possibility that Miller will make progress and that audiences will move on and presumably forget. And it just might happen…
Reports have been floating around for a while now claiming that Ezra Miller’s The Flash movie is receiving the highest scores among focus groups, beating out even Christian Bale’s The Dark Knight. And, more recently, James Gunn is reportedly raving all about the film, calling it one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.
All of the buzz around The Flash is certain to make it a major box-office smash. From the controversies to the hype about how good it is, we would be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to it. But, could it really be that good? And can we really move on from all the terrible things Ezra Miller has been accused of? All of this is hard to say but considering how quickly we are moving through 2023, June will be here before you know it. And then, and only then, will we know for sure.