If you’ve so much as glanced at the news lately—pick your outlet of choice, really!—you know where we’re going with this: Ezra Miller. Back in 2014, DC made the actor its big-screen Flash. Things actually went pretty well. Miller’s Barry Allen was one of the few bright spots of the always-fumbling DC Extended Universe, with fans enjoying their character so much that Warner Bros. announced a solo movie for the character. Directed by It‘s Andy Muschietti and co-starring Michael Keaton’s Batman (!), the film blazed through production, even offering us a teaser trailer, which you can view below.
Then? The Flash turned ugly. Over the course of damn near the entirety of 2022, Miller faced what feels like innumerable accusations of grooming, robbery, and physical assault, in addition to numerous arrests and criminal charges. If this gives you a sense of the enormity of the trouble Miller is in, we have a separate story dedicated the steady stream of accusations, arrests, and criminal implications. For our purposes here, though, we need to figure out whether we’ll actually see The Flash, or if it’ll go the way of the recently-scrapped Batgirl. The answer, you guessed it, is complicated. Here’s everything we know about The Flash so far.
What is The Flash Actually About?
Amidst Miller’s legal troubles, it’s easy to forget that The Flash is more or less a finished movie that hundreds of people worked on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will see “Flash go back in time to prevent the murder of his mother, an act that proves to have unintended consequences for his timeline.” This means that The Flash will adapt the popular Flashpoint storyline from the comics, where Barry Allen traverses through time to save his mother, and essentially resets the DC universe, meeting multiple versions of himself in the process. This is tentatively confirmed by The Flash‘s trailer, which shows multiple versions of Allen linking up with Batman. TBD how Bats actually fits into the storyline.
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Regardless, if you ask Muschietti, we’re in for a ride if or when we actually see the film. “My Flash is not gonna be light or dark in tone, it’s gonna have everything,” Muschietti said at DC’s Fandome event. “If you saw my previous movies like It and It [Chapter] 2, you’ll notice that I like to put everything in it. What you will see in Flash is a very deep, emotional story, but it’s also gonna very funny and a great, epic adventure at the same time. [But] also terrifying for some of the time… get ready.”
OK, Will The Flash Ever Hit Theaters?
Thanks to a new story from The Hollywood Reporter, we finally have some insight regarding what, exactly, Warner Bros. plans to do with The Flash. Apparently, there are three potential outcomes here, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The first is that Miller seeks professional help, gives an interview explaining their recent behavior, and The Flash hits theaters on its planned release date, June 23, 2023. The second scenario would see Warner Bros. still distribute the movie, but keep Miller’s press availability minimal. The last one? Well, read it for yourself:
The third: The situation with Miller deteriorates further. This would see Warners killing the movie outright, as it could not be reshot with a different actor. Miller plays multiple characters and is in almost every scene. Scrapping a $200 million film would be an unprecedented move.
Warner Bros. simply writing off The Flash truly would be shocking. Batgirl had a reported $90 million budget, and the studio throwing it in the garbage pile still felt like a seismic move. We’ll surely keep hearing more about the future of The Flash, whichever outcome may be in the future. This story will be updated as we learn new information.
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