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First Zaslav movie crisis: What to do with Ezra Miller, launch of $200M Warner Bros. ‘Flash’ franchise

Although not on Warner Bros. release calendar until June 23, 2023, Sparkle Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s first film crisis became due to the escalating coverage of incidents of volatile and bizarre behavior involving the film’s star, Ezra Miller.

Zaslav has made it clear his desire to develop the DC Universe to the MCU scale and has all the components of a first foot forward in Sparkleincluding the return of Michael Keaton as Batman alongside a reprise of Ben Affleck, a $200 million budget and a thrilling director in Andy Muschietti, who made the blockbuster movie. He. She for the studio. The CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery exercised his well-known penchant for micromanagement by rejecting the green light The Wonder Twins For being very specialized. Zaslav will have to decide soon what to do with the finished picture SparkleAnd what to do with a young actor who seems to have serious problems.

Deadline heard that the studio tried to get Miller’s help, but the annoying headlines kept piling up. Could you send a potential liability on a world publicity tour and have the actor anchor a massive studio franchise play?

Zaslav has many options and will soon make one of them. Among them: He could back down from aggressively promoting the Summer 2023 movie, confine it to some P&A and no publicity tour. Or he can turn it live with HBO Max and make a write-off. Or lean toward making the movie a hit and then drop Miller if they can’t make things right. Warner Bros did that when they dropped Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic monsters Franchise business, after the unsuccessful lawsuit brought by the representative in the United Kingdom; The studio replaced Depp with Mads Mikkelsen.

“There’s no win-win in this for Warner Bros.,” a studio source tells us. This is an inherited problem for Zaslav. The hope is that the scandal will remain at a low level before the movie comes out, and hopefully the best will emerge.”

Sources said that even if no further allegations surfaced, the studio was unlikely to keep Miller in the role of The Flash in future DC films. That could mean replacing him in the future, but there’s still a $200 million investment on the line with the first movie and Warner Bros. executives have to scrutinize every new press report.

There have been two more rounds of not-so-fun titles in the past two weeks just for the 29-year-old Miller, who is known as a non-binary. daily monster She stated that there was a temporary injunction to prevent harassment this week from a 12-year-old girl and mother in Greenfield, Massachusetts against the actor after Miller allegedly threatened the family and acted inappropriately toward the non-binary child.

Last week, 18-year-old Toccata’s parents Iron Eyes filed papers asking a judge to issue a protection order against the actor on their child’s behalf, saying Miller cleaned and brainwashed the Toccata.

“Ezra uses violence, intimidation, threats of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions, and drugs to control young teen Toccata,” says the file obtained by several outlets.

The parents of the 18-year-old claim that the two met at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota when their child was just 12. The parents allege that Miller gave Toccata alcohol and drugs, and transported the child to London and to places such as Vermont, New York, California and Hawaii. Miller last week deleted his Instagram account in the face of North Dakota tribe subpoenas; The actor is allegedly making fun of the authorities about their whereabouts.

Toccata posted a video on Instagram defending Miller.

“It’s not about anyone and nobody has a story or outcome,” Tokata said in the two-minute video. “This is my life and this is my decision and I have disappointed my parents and the press – in every way.”

Before the recent news about Tokata’s parents’ allegations against Miller, the actor was arrested twice in Hawaii for a karaoke bar flick in March, followed by an arrest for second-degree assault at a home a month later, for allegedly throwing a chair at a woman at a private party Miller attended. , cut her forehead. During the first incident, the Hawaii Police Department reported to the Hello Patrol that Miller became “agitated” when shepherds began singing “Shallow” from A star is born.

Miller started yelling expletives and on one occasion grabbed the microphone from a 23-year-old woman singing karaoke (a crime of disorderly conduct) and later lunged at a 32-year-old man playing darts (a crime of harassment). The innkeeper asked Miller to calm down several times in vain.” The actor was arrested, and for both crimes he was given bail in the amount of $ 500. Bail was set 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 came home from a karaoke bar, allegedly threatening to “bury them.” Miller reportedly stole the wife’s passport and husband’s wallet. By mid-April, the restraining order was dropped.

An even more disturbing incident occurred in April 2020: A video went viral showing him strangling a woman and throwing her to the ground in a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland, the incident that occurred after Miller was confronted by exuberant fans. Take Miller out of the place.

Born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Miller began his career growing with his role on Showtime Californication He played a murderous sociopathic teen in the critically acclaimed Lynne Ramsay We need to talk about Kevin. Other notable credits followed in the perks of being a wallflower And the Stanford Prison Experiment Before Miller gets the role of The Flash in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman. Miller, who showed sharp energy and sense of humor, reenacted him Justice squad. Miller also worked with Warner Bros. in Fantastic monsters A trilogy like Credence Barebone.

Warner Bros. has so far declined to comment on Miller or where these increased incidents will leave the studio and the actor’s future. The deadline has reached Miller’s legal representatives and will be updated if they have any statements about recent restraining orders against the actor.

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