In recent months, “The Flash” star Ezra Miller has been dogged by abuse allegations and other legal troubles, raising the question of whether Warner Bros. Pictures would go ahead with plans to release the DC Comics superhero movie.
But on Thursday, Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav confirmed that “The Flash” will hit theaters as scheduled, saying during a corporate earnings call in the second quarter that the $200 million spectacle was one of the DC movies that excited him the most. .
“The Flash” is scheduled for release on June 23, 2023. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
Zaslav spoke to investors and reporters and listed upcoming movies based on DC Comics characters, including “Black Adam,” the sequel to “Shazam!” and “The Flash”, starring Miller as the superhuman speedster Barry Allen.
“We are very excited about them,” Zaslav said of the projects.
Zaslav further suggested that all three films could be adapted before arriving in multiplexes. “We’ve seen them,” he said. “We love them and we think we can make them even better.”
“Black Adam,” which stars Dwayne Johnson as a hulking antihero, hits theaters in October. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” starring Zachary Levi, comes out two months later, shortly before Christmas.
In June, a Massachusetts mother received a temporary protection order on behalf of her 12-year-old child against Miller, 29. The court order, seen by NBC News, stated that it was “issued without notice because the court had determined that there is a significant opportunity at immediate risk of intimidation.”
Miller, who identifies as non-binary gender and uses pronouns, has now been asked to appear in court in two states after parents charged them with grooming, abuse and harassment involving a non-binary child (12) and a non-binary adult (18) were involved.
The actor has also been arrested twice this year, both times in Hawaii, on charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree assault.
We’ve restructured the company we’re going to focus on, where a team is coming up with a 10-year plan focused only on DC
Warner Bros. Discovery leader David Zaslav
“The Flash” gave Miller their first starring role in a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. They have portrayed the Flash in other DC movies and appeared in such films as “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
The allegations against Miller inspired a fan-led social media campaign to remove “The Flash” from the Warner Bros. release calendar. to fetch – or re-recorded with a different actor in the title role.
Zaslav and other Warner Bros. executives. Discovery confirmed on Thursday that the company plans to launch a “10 year plan” for movies based on DC Comics and turn the franchise into a more creative juggernaut, like the Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
“You’re looking at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman – these are brands that are known all over the world,” Zazlav said during the call for profit.
“We’ve done a reset. We’ve restructured the business that we’re going to focus on, where we’re going to have a team with a 10-year plan that focuses solely on DC. We believe we can build a much more sustainable business.”
Zaslav’s comments about DC and “The Flash” came two days after news broke that Warner Bros. had decided to shelve “Batgirl” and “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” films produced exclusively for HBO Max and green-lit by the previous corporate regime.
“We’re not going to release a movie unless we believe in it,” Zaslav said during the phone call.
“Batgirl” and the “Scoob!” the sequel will not be distributed on any streaming platform or released in theaters – apparently so that the company can make a tax write-off on both projects and recoup the production costs, according to Variation.
“The decision not to release Batgirl reflects the strategic shift of our leadership regarding the DC universe and HBO Max,” said a Warner Bros. spokesperson. Pictures in a statement, adding that “Batgirl” star Leslie Grace “is an incredibly talented actor and this decision does not reflect her performance.”
Cat Tenbarge contributed.