This was one of the most dramatic weeks in DC history. Warner Bros. Discovery appears to have found the director to lead that division’s film and TV efforts. There were funeral screenings for canceled movie batgirl. And moving large tent poles Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Anger of the Gods revealed the shifting sands beneath the feet of the newly acquired studio.
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle in the Burbank grounds this week, you could have easily missed a few figures walking through the offices and heading for a meeting of the highest order. But that’s what Ezra Miller, the star of Warners’ high-profile film, The flashand their CAA agent, Scott Metzger, did Wednesday – the same day as batgirl screening took place.
Miller, who uses she/she pronouns, and their agent met with new Warner Bros. film presidents Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to discuss not only how to stay on track for The flash‘s June 23, 2023 release date, but to reaffirm their commitment to the film and to apologize for drawing negative attention to the production and company.
Over the past two years, Miller has been at the center of arrests and controversy, culminating in the actor announcing a mea culpa on Aug. 15, saying they were seeking help for mental health issues. The actor said in a statement at the time: “I want to apologize to everyone I alarmed and angered about my past behavior.”
According to sources, Miller swore to seek help after learning that De Luca and Abdy are all options for Flash, including scrapping the $200 million film if things continued to evolve with Miller. While the actor reportedly didn’t object to the flood of bad headlines, they were shocked by the idea of the film being canceled and were startled to take action. A source says: “They care about The Flash. It’s one of their favorite characters to play.”
Details of the meeting were not disclosed, but it was the first time Miller spoke with De Luca and Abdy, who took over the film division in early July and inherited a DC series of films in various stages of post-production. The actor apologized and confirmed their commitment to both getting care and production.
Warners had no comment and Miller’s representatives could not be reached for comment.
The move arrives like work The flashdirected by Andy Muschietti, goes full steam ahead, with David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, not hesitating about the release date, even as Warners insisted this week Shazam! Anger of the Gods from 2022 and Aquaman 2 back from March 2023 to Christmas of that year. (Aquaman’s push was due to the long runway required to complete the intensive and complex visual effects, while Shazam! left a date a week away from juggernaut Avatar: The way of the water.)
Next week, composer Benjamin Wallfisch will lead a scoring session at London’s Abbey Road Studios, sources say. Work on visual effects continues and could be completed by the end of the year.
After months of disturbing headlines about Miller, the vote is on… Flash is more hopeful on the ground than it has been in some time, even if the film still has a long way to go before its eventual release date. Still, the film received some of the highest ratings on test screenings since Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and execs and creatives believe they have the goods to have a critical and box office hit that lives up to those scores.
—Carolyn Giardina contributed to this story.