Ezra Miller, the actor of “The Flash,” has recently been the target of abuse allegations and other legal issues, raising doubts about Warner Bros. Pictures’ decision to move forward with plans to produce the DC Comics superhero movie.
But on Thursday, David Zaslav, the head of Warner Bros. Discovery, appeared to confirm that “The Flash” will open as scheduled, stating on a call to discuss the company’s second-quarter profits that the $200 million spectacle was one of the DC movies that most excited him.
The release date for “The Flash” is set for June 23, 2023. An email requesting comment was not immediately answered by a Warner Bros. Pictures spokeswoman.
Speaking to investors and journalists, Zaslav listed a number of planned films based on DC Comics characters, including “The Flash,” starring Miller as the superhuman speedster Barry Allen, and “Black Adam,” the follow-up to “Shazam!”
Regarding the initiatives, Zaslav remarked, “We’re quite thrilled about them.”
Zaslav continued by speculating that all three films might receive revisions before being released at multiplexes. He said, “We’ve seen them. “We think they’re great and believe we can improve them even further,”
In theaters in October is the film “Black Adam,” which stars Dwayne Johnson as a monstrous antihero. Two months later, just before Christmas, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” starring Zachary Levi, opens in theaters.
Against Miller, 29, a Massachusetts woman was given a temporary order of protection in June on behalf of her 12-year-old child. When NBC News obtained a copy of the court order, it claimed that it had been “issued without notice because the Court found that there is a strong possibility of immediate danger of harassment.”
Miller has been ordered to appear in court in two jurisdictions after parents accused them of grooming, abuse, and intimidation involving a nonbinary child, 12, and a nonbinary adult, 18. Miller identifies as gender nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
Additionally, this year, the actor has been detained twice, both times in Hawaii, on suspicion of disorderly conduct and second-degree assault.
We’ve changed the way the company is organized so that DC will be the sole focus of a team with a 10-year strategy.
Director of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav
Miller received their first main part in a high-profile Hollywood film with “The Flash.” They have appeared in movies like “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and have played the Flash in various DC movies.
Following Miller’s alleged misconduct, fans launched a social media campaign to get “The Flash” removed from Warner Bros.’ release schedule or reshot with a different actor in the title role.
Zaslav and senior Warner Bros. Discovery officials declared on Thursday that the studio intends to develop an “10-year plan” for DC Comics-based movies and make the series more of a creative behemoth similar to Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
During the earnings call, Zazlav added, “You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman; these are brands that are known throughout the world.
We reset everything. We’ve changed the way the company is organized so that DC will be the sole focus of a team with a 10-year strategy. We think we can create a far more sustainable company.
Two days prior to Zaslav’s remarks concerning DC and “The Flash,” it was revealed that Warner Bros. had opted to cancel the release of “Batgirl” and “Scoob! : Holiday Haunt,” two films made specifically for HBO Max and approved by the previous corporate leadership.
During the call, Zaslav added, “We’re not going to release a movie until we believe in it.
In order to obtain a tax write-off on both projects and attempt to recoup production costs, “Batgirl” and the “Scoob!” sequel won’t be released in theaters or on any streaming services. according to Variety.
Leslie Grace, who plays “Batgirl,” is “an incredibly talented actor, and this decision is not a reflection of her performance,” a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson said in a statement. “The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max.”