‘The Flash’ on track for 2023 despite Ezra Miller allegations

The DC cinematic universe is in the midst of upheaval, but unscathed is The Flash, starring the embattled Ezra Miller.

Two days after the startling news that Warner Bros. Discovery had decided to scrap release plans for the already-completed Batgirl, Chief Executive David Zaslav appeared to indicate that the film, centered around the beloved speedster, is pending its release will continue in June 2023.

“We saw ‘The Flash’, ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam 2’. We think they’re great and we think we can make them even better,” Zaslav said during the media company’s second-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Slated to premiere on June 23, 2023, The Flash stars Miller in its title role, who has been embroiled in a number of controversies in recent years.

In 2020, the actor wrestled in Reykjavik, Iceland and grabbed a female fan by the throat.

Allegations against Miller have grown this year. They have been arrested twice in Hawaii, including an incident where they were suspected of throwing a chair at a woman’s head, and faced a protective order after they were accused of “mentally manipulating, physically intimidated and endangered the safety and welfare”-year-olds in North Dakota.

The members of the team behind “Batgirl” had their own reactions to the unexpected drop in the DC lineup, but social media users quickly took notice of Warner Bros. Discovery “really bizarre” Decision to continue with The Flash.

“WB isn’t canceling The Flash after all the bulls from Ezra Miller – but they’re canceling Batgirl????? HUH??????”, tweeted user @comicyehu.

“Cancelling Batgirl because it’s not a ‘big event’ movie, but keeping ‘The Flash’ after all the news from Ezra Miller is a WILD decision.” wrote @mainmarvel.

Batgirl, starring In the Heights’ Leslie Grace, was estimated to cost $90 million to produce. According to sources, the film fell short of the company’s expectations for the core comics franchise and no longer fitted with the studio’s strategy.

The DC Film Shuffle is part of larger moves as a result of the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery. Zaslav also announced Thursday that HBO Max and Discovery+ will be merging into the larger Warner Bros. Discovery streaming platform, which will launch in summer 2023.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-04/batgirl-canceled-but-the-flash-on-track-despite-ezra-miller ‘The Flash’ on track for 2023 despite Ezra Miller allegations

Sarah Ridley

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