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Is WB Going to Cancel ‘The Flash’ or What?

Is WB Going to Cancel ‘The Flash’ or What?

About once a week, like clockwork, actor and agent of allegedly criminal chaos Ezra Miller shows up in the news for some new whackadoo allegation that definitely sounds unhinged even if the details are too deranged to fully make sense of. Whether the actor is in the news for running a cult, burglary or absconding with a missing woman and her three children, Miller is the very famous face of mayhem. And that’s a problem for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being that they’re supposed to be anchoring an upcoming superhero blockbuster.

Yes, Miller (who uses they/them pronouns) is still technically the Flash, one of the last remaining stars in the DC Extended Universe’s ill-fated Justice League franchise. The movie is supposed to represent long-simmering course direction for DC movies, but a course correction tied to a 29-year-old cavalcade of red flags probably isn’t the best bedrock to build a multi-billion dollar franchise on. Add to that, this movie will feature no less than Michael Keaton’s return as Batman, a holy grail for superhero movies so momentous that almost nothing could mess it up. Unless, of course, the lead in your movie is on the lam. And the Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. just isn’t quite sure what to do.

There are reportedly three options in play for The Flash. The first is getting Miller some professional help — something that seems like a good idea in any case at this point — and then giving them a big, sit-down, “come to Jesus” interview with some fancy-schmancy outlet and give them a chance to explain just what’s been going on. WB reportedly hopes that a big press event would buy enough leeway with the public for the movie to release as planned.

The second option is releasing the movie without Miller’s big interview and just leave them out of the press cycle entirely. That would be pretty odd and it seems like Miller’s absence would raise as much conversation as their involvement, but it is reportedly an option Warner Bros. is considering if Miller doesn’t seek help.

The third option is a worst-case scenario, but it’s the one everyone’s wondering about. Warner Bros. is reportedly not shutting the door entirely on scrapping the movie altogether. That would be an unprecedented $200 million bath, but THR reports that reshooting the movie with a different actor isn’t an option.

Warner Bros. hesitation with outright canceling the movie — $200 million down the drain aside — is that it’s reportedly pretty good. Test audiences like it. Studio execs think it’s a winner. They stand to make a lot of money, but it’s hard to imagine a movie good enough that the public will just ignore the near-weekly scandals caused by its star.

Of course, with all this, it’s hard to glide over the fact that Warner Bros. merrily canned its $90 million Batgirl movie — a film starring Leslie Grace, Brendan Fraser, Keaton and J.K. Simmons, none of whom are currently involved in any negative headlines. We don’t exactly know why the movie isn’t getting released, but we do know that it will be used as a tax write-off. So that, at least, gives us some idea of the priorities at play here.

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