COVID took a wrecking ball to the movie industry.
Studios are slowly getting back on their feet as people return to the theaters.
But a blockbuster movie franchise was put on hold after one shocking arrest.
Marvel films have dominated the industry for the past 15 years, culminating in Avengers: Endgame.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and DC film projects have not been able to find their footing.
Movies like The Batman, Joker and The Dark Knight trilogy have done well for the industry, but executives have not been able to craft a cinematic universe to rival Marvel and Disney.
And DC got some more bad news when Ezra Miller, star of The Flash, got arrested and accused of several bizarre outbursts during the filming of the iconic DC character’s stand-alone movie, a project that had been in development hell for ages.
All talk of a potential sequel has been put on ice.
From Rolling Stone:
“Will Smith isn’t the only Hollywood star facing career backlash in the wake of a public outburst. On March 30, Warner Bros. and DC executives held an emergency impromptu meeting to discuss Ezra Miller’s future with the studio following The Flash star’s recent arrest for disorderly conduct and harassment. According to a knowledgeable source, the consensus in the room was to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller including possible appearances in the DC Extended Universe. The studio has more than a year before it has to make any hard decisions about a potential sequel to The Flash. Warner Bros. also has avoided making any key decisions on tentpoles ahead of Discovery taking control of WarnerMedia in a $43 billion mega-merger.”
In a 2020 viral video, Miller was seen choking a woman in public.
In his recent arrest, he was charged with storming into a couple’s bedroom and saying, “I will burn you and your slut wife.”
Miller had been arrested hours earlier after an incident at a bar.
Needless to say, Miller is a complete mess and has become a liability for the studio.
The Miller news comes off the heels of an ugly episode involving director Joss Whedon, who completed Justice League after director Zack Snyder took a leave of absence upon the tragic suicide of his daughter.
Whedon was accused of racism, sexism, and general brutish behavior on the set of the film.
Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, and Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman, both publicly denounced Whedon’s actions.
Needless to say, Miller’s behavior is the last thing Warner Bros. and DC needed.
Marvel has moved on to a new phase of storytelling, and DC is still stuck trying to figure out which direction they want to go in.
If an iconic role like the Flash got recast after one stand-alone movie, it would be a huge black eye for the studio.