Zaslav’s First Movie Crisis: What to do with Ezra Miller, the erratic star of Warner Bros.’ $200 million ‘Flash’ franchise launch?

Even though it’s not on Warner Bros. release schedule until June 23, 2023, the flash is becoming Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s first cinematic crisis due to increasing coverage of incidents of unstable and bizarre behavior involving the film’s star, Ezra Miller.

Zaslav has clearly expressed his desire to expand the DC Universe on the scale of the MCU and has all the ingredients for a first step forward in the flashincluding the return of Michael Keaton as Batman with a Ben Affleck revival, a $200 million budget and a hot director in Andy Muschietti, who delivered the blockbuster This for the workshop. The CEO of Warner Bros Discovery exercised his well-known penchant for micro-management by refusing to give the green light wonder twins for being too niche. Zaslav will soon have to make a decision on what to do with the finished image which is the flashand what to do with a young actor who seems to have some serious lag issues.

Deadline heard the studio tried to get help for Miller, but the disturbing headlines keep piling up. Could you send a potential liability on a global publicity tour and ask the actor to anchor a massive studio franchise?

Zaslav has several choices and he will make one soon. Among them: He may forego heavily promoting the summer 2023 film, limiting it to P&As and no publicity tour. Or he can relegate it to streaming with HBO Max and take a write-off. Or bend over to make the movie a hit, then drop Miller if they can’t fix things. Warner Bros did this when it dropped Johnny Depp from the Grindelwald character in the fantastic beasts candor, following the actor’s highly publicized and unsuccessful UK trial; the studio replaced Depp with Mads Mikkelsen.

“There’s no win in this for Warner Bros,” a studio source tells us. “It’s a problem inherited from Zaslav. The hope is that the scandal will remain at a low level before the film is released, and hopefully the best will unfold. In Zaslav’s plan to make DC an explosively successful division like Marvel under his newly structured studio, with his own new boss, the non-binary identification Miller, we hear, is just not part of those plans at the moment. future in the future universe, regardless if there are more allegations or not.

The latest round of unflattering headlines have come twice in the past two weeks for the 29-year-old Miller. The daily beast reported that there was a temporary harassment prevention order this week from a 12-year-old child and mother in Greenfield, MA against the actor after Miller allegedly threatened the family and acted inappropriately towards the non-binary child.

Last week, the parents of an 18-year-old named Tokata Iron Eyes filed paperwork asking a judge to issue a protective order against the actor on their child’s behalf, claiming that Miller groomed and washed the Tokata’s brain.

“Ezra uses violence, intimidation, threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions and drugs to overpower a young Tokata teenager,” reads the filing, which was obtained by multiple outlets. .

The 18-year-old’s parents claim the two met at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota when their child was just 12. California and Hawaii. Last week, Miller deleted his Instagram account in the face of the North Dakota tribal summons; the actor reportedly mocked the authorities about their fate.

Tokata posted a video on Instagram defending Miller.

“It’s nobody’s business and nobody owes a story or a result,” Tokata said in the two-minute video. “It’s my life and these are my decision and I’m disappointed in my parents and the press – in every way.”

Ahead of recent news about Tokata’s parents’ allegations against Miller, the actor was arrested twice in Hawaii for a karaoke bar dust in March, followed by an arrest for second-degree assault at a residence a months later, for allegedly throwing a chair at a woman’s home at a private party Miller attended, cutting her forehead. In the first incident, the Hawaii Police Department Hilo Patrol reported that Miller became “agitated” when patrons began singing “Shallow” from A star is born.

“Miller started shouting obscenities and at one point grabbed the microphone of a 23-year-old woman who was singing karaoke (disorderly conduct offense) and then lunged at a 32-year-old man playing darts ( misdemeanor harassment). The bar owner asked Miller to calm down several times, to no avail. The actor was arrested and charged with both offenses with bond set at $500. Bail was posted and Miller was released.

Two days later, the couple who lived with Miller in a hostel filed a restraining order against the actor after Miller returned home from the karaoke bar and allegedly threatened to “bury” them. Miller allegedly stole the wife’s passport and the husband’s wallet. In mid-April, the restraining order was dropped.

An even more disturbing incident occurred in April 2020: a video went viral that appeared to show Miller choking a woman and knocking her to the ground at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland, an incident that occurred after Miller was confronted by insistent fans. Miller was escorted from the room.

Born in Wyckoff, NJ, Miller’s career began to grow with a turn on Showtime Californication and play a murderous sociopathic teenager in Lynne Ramsay’s critically acclaimed film We need to talk about Kevin. Other notable credits followed in Charlie’s world and The Stanford Prison Experiment before Miller landed the role of The Flash in Zack Snyder Batman versus Superman. Miller, who showed sharp energy and humor, took up in Justice League. Miller has also worked with Warner Bros. in the fantastic beasts trilogy as Credence Barebone.

Warner Bros. has so far declined to comment on Miller or where these editing mishaps will leave the studio and the actor’s future. Deadline has contacted legal representatives for Miller and will update if they have any statements on recent restraining orders against the actor.

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