James Gunn Gives Blunt Response About Controversial Flash Star's DC Future

By Richard Nebens Updated:
James Gunn, Ezra Miller, Flash

DC Studios head James Gunn just addressed where he stands on The Flash star Ezra Miller's possible future with the DC Universe.

The controversy surrounding The Flash's leading actor is no secret ahead of the film's debut, with a number of accusations surrounding the DCU star ranging from assault to trespassing over the last few years.

Miller even reportedly pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge in January, accepting a plea deal that could potentially include fines, jail time, and a period on probation for the actor.

And considering that the future of the DCU is still being worked out under James Gunn, Miller's own future is very much up in the air, especially with The Flash likely setting the franchise on a new path narratively.

James Gunn on Ezra Miller's Future: "We'll See"

The Flash, Ezra Miller as Barry Allens

Speaking with AP Entertainment at the world premiere event for Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn addressed where Ezra Miller stands with the studio following the release of their solo movie, The Flash.

When asked what his plan is for Miller's future following a number of controversial headlines surrounding the actor, Gunn only noted that he and the team will "wait and see" what happens following The Flash's upcoming theatrical release:

AP: "Plans for Ezra in the future in the DCU?"

James Gunn: "We’re just gonna have to wait and see, you know? I mean, we’ll see how things go, so, you know…"

This echoed comments that Gunn offered earlier this year when he revealed his new slate for the DCU, as he and his partner Peter Safran noted that Miller was "fully committed to the recovery right now" as they move towards the right path:

Question: "Will Ezra Miller be back as the Flash after that?"

Gunn: "Let’s see what happens."

Safran: "Ezra is fully committed to the recovery right now. And, you know, we talk to them. We’re in constant contact [and] when the time is right, we’ll have the conversation with them and decide what’s best for them personally."

Will Ezra Miller Return to the DCU After The Flash?

Looking at how The Flash is rumored to serve as a palate cleanser for the DCU, with rumors even noting that Warner Bros. cut some references to the SnyderVerse, Ezra Miller's future with DC could be on thin ice.

Throw in the numerous reports of the controversy that still surrounds the movie's leading actor, and it wouldn't come as a shock to see Miller's Flash recast with a new actor when the Scarlet Speedster does return.

In early January, however, reports indicated that Warner Bros. wasn't opposed to bringing Miller back for more movies, although they would have to ensure that no further issues arise after everything that's happened already.

But considering how negatively fans have reacted to some of the support that Miller's seen, Gunn and his team will have some big decisions to make regarding Miller's place as the Flash, if they haven't been made already.

The Flash will debut in theaters on June 16.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.