The DC Extended Universe is in a difficult situation due to the ongoing issues surrounding Ezra Miller, who is set to star as Barry Allen in his first solo movie The Flash in June 2023. Even though this movie is finally coming to fruition after nearly five years of delays from its original release date, Miller is in a great deal of trouble off-screen.
The Flash's leading actor has been arrested on two separate occasions in the island state of Hawaii - once for alleged harassment at a karaoke bar and again for a second-degree assault in a home in Pahoa. Considering these arrests happened within a month of one another, on top of an incident in Iceland in 2020, Miller's future with the franchise is in serious jeopardy.
Reports have hinted that Warner Bros. is seriously considering replacing Miller as the Flash within the DCEU - some even hinting that it could come as early as next year's The Flash. However, if that difficult decision comes, a recent update has indicated that nothing will change within the next couple of years.
Ezra Miller Staying With the DCEU
Variety's Adam B. Vary shared that Warner Bros is not considering replacing Ezra Miller as Barry Allen on 2023's The Flash. This came in response to a recent rumor claiming that the studio was considering replacing Miller with Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien, although that rumor noted that this could happen after next year's solo movie.
"I'm told that WB is *not* considering replacing Ezra Miller on THE FLASH. Miller was arrested twice in Hawai'i this year, once for disorderly conduct and harassment, and again for second-degree assault."
The Flash Sticking with Ezra Miller
Considering that The Flash wrapped filming more than five months ago, it would be an incredibly tall order to replace the film's leading character from a logistical standpoint alone, even with more than a year until its theatrical debut. Taking that into account, Warner Bros. doesn't seem to want to redo the entire movie, but there are no indications that Miller's future after this movie is secure.
Having experienced more than its fair share of controversy besides the reports involving Miller, Warner Bros. has to look closely at its situation with the leading actor after they bring the Flash back for more stories. Even though the Justice League is still likely a long way out from returning in any form, Miller was most recently seen for a cameo in Peacemaker, meaning that the hero is an important part of Warner Bros' plans.
No matter how this situation works out, it won't be an easy one for the studio or the actor as The Flash gets closer to its debut.
The Flash is set to arrive in theaters on June 23, 2023.