The Flash: Ezra Miller’s Legal Troubles Are More Bad News for the SnyderVerse

Ezra Miller's legal troubles are only the latest problem to beset The Flash's solo film debut.

Ezra Miller as The Flash
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This post contains slight spoilers for PEACEMAKER episode eight.

The Flash has hit another speed bump. The long-in-development solo film about the fastest man alive seemed to have finally found the finish line, with a June 2023 release date nearing. But when star Ezra Miller was arrested in March for disorderly conduct and harassment, things looked bleak once again. Rolling Stone has learned that the incident prompted Warner Bros. officials to hold a meeting regarding Miller’s role with the studio. According to Rolling Stone, executives have decided to “hit pause” on any further work involving Miller, including their appearances in a Flash sequel or in any related projects.  

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The same article reveals that Miller had frequent meltdowns on the set of The Flash, often causing production delays. The behavior is just the latest in a string of problems with the movie, stretching back to before Miller was cast. WB initially hoped to release a Flash film as part of their extended universe back in 2016, and later announced a Flash film starring Miller to be released in 2018. Numerous directors have been attached to the project, including Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Rick Famuyiwa, but all left because of creative differences. It director Andy Muschietti has been manning the film since 2019, working on a script by Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson. 

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Although no credible source has yet reported plans to replace Miller in the lead role, it’s not hard to imagine executives considering the option. After all, Muschietti and Hodson’s movie plans to adapt the 2011 storyline Flashpoint, which finds Barry Allen creating an alternate reality after going back in time to save his mother. Furthermore, audiences have been following the adventures of another Barry Allen for years, as the CW series The Flash, starring Grant Gustin continues its eighth season, with more than 125 episodes already aired.  

If Warner Brothers decide to replace Miller, they will be courting a long line of Flash stories. Multiverses entered the world of superhero comics via the Flash, with the 1961 storyline “The Flash of Two Worlds” from Flash #123. Over the years, several actors have made their name in the role, including star of the 1990 The Flash tv show John Wesley Shipp and Michael Rosenbaum, who voiced the character on the hugely popular Justice League animated series. Shipp has already returned as an alternate reality Flash on the CW series, and Miller’s version dropped in for a cameo, in which their Flash briefly met the Flash played by Grant Gustin.  

The bigger question raised by this meeting involves the future of the SnyderVerse. Initially intended to be the centerpiece of a DC Comics cinematic universe, the movies directed by Zack Snyder increasingly appear to be part of their own separate world. With Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Ray Fisher done playing Batman, Superman, and Cyborg, only Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Miller’s Flash remain. Could the cameo by Momoa and Miller in Peacemaker be the SnyderVerse’s swan song? We’ll know for sure in the coming months.