Warner Bros. decided it was time to hold the most dreaded board room meeting known to CEOs – the damage control conference – and discuss what has been going on with their Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller. Is that the type of meeting that has bagels and coffee, or is that more of a “lonely lukewarm carafe of tap water” kind of thing? Definitely the second.
Last month, 29-year-old Ezra was arrested at a bar in Hawaii after threatening other patrons at the karaoke machine, and “lunging” at a man playing darts. Not long after that, two Hilo, Hawaii residents filed a restraining order against Ezra (the couple was hosting Ezra at their home after meeting Ezra at a farmer’s market). It was reported the couple bailed Ezra out of jail after their arrest, and Ezra’s way of saying thanks was to allegedly burst into the couple’s bedroom and threaten to “bury” the husband and his wife.
According to Roling Stone, Ezra’s behavior led to executives at Warner Bros. and DC holding a meeting on March 30 to talk about Ezra. Ezra currently stars as Credence Barebone/Aurelius Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series, the third film of which, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, is set to drop in North American theaters next Friday. Ezra is also set to star as The Flash in the upcoming film, The Flash, which hits theaters in 2023. Warner Bros. can’t exactly pull Fantastic Beasts 3 from theaters at the last minute, but everything else is getting put on hold.
A knowledgeable source claimed the consensus from the Warner Bros.-DC meeting was to “hit pause on any future projects involving Miller, including possible appearances in the DC Cinematic Universe.”
But, according to a source that spoke with IndieWire, there’s a chance Rolling Stone’s source isn’t telling the truth.
A source tells IndieWire, however, that no such meeting took place.
Rolling Stone’s source paints a much different picture, and if that source is telling the truth, then a workplace hiatus might have been in the works for Ezra for a while now.
Another insider noted to Rolling Stone that Miller had “frequent meltdowns” during “The Flash” production in 2021. Miller apparently was “losing it” on set, with the source telling Rolling Stone that “Ezra would get a thought in [their] head and say, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
Of course, all of this is made messier by Ezra’s own rich history with damage control-worthy moments, like when Ezra got violent with a fan in Iceland two years ago. Ezra’s latest issue in Hawaii might have been the dart that broke the karaoke machine’s cord. We’ll have to wait to see what happens to The Flash, but since it isn’t due in theaters until next year, there’s a decent chance it could still happen as previously scheduled. But in the event Ezra fucks up again, and Warner Bros. and DC hook up once more in that boring board room and decide that The Flash needs to be pulled permanently, then thoughts and prayers are with all of us that week. Do you know how many Flash-based puns will be made about how quickly Warner Bros. pulled the plug, or how Ezra’s career disappeared in a flash? Let’s just say it’s going to be enough to mute the words “Ezra,” “Speed,” and “Flash” on Twitter for at least 48 hours.