Ezra Miller Met With Warner Bros. Discovery Executives To “Reaffirm Their Commitment” To “The Flash”
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to develop and maintain a cult before but that shit is expensive. There are a lot of hidden costs. You’ve got to have ready cash for things like robes, rent, bribes, the cost of transporting minors across state lines, airfare, drugs, ammunition, bail money— it all adds up. So I can understand why The Flash star and international person of mystery, Ezra Miller, was willing to press pause their alleged burgeoning career as a cult leader, per an alarming expose in Insider on Ezra’s activities over the past two years, to make nice with their new bosses at Warner Bros. Discovery. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra became “spooked by the notion of the film getting canceled and jolted to take action.” So spooked that last week, Ezra and their agent personally met with the two new executives at WBD because other than playing cult leader with complex mental health issues, a source for Ezra says “The Flash is one of their favorite characters to play.” Awe. That’s so sweet! And here I thought Ezra might be running out of money.
Two weeks ago, after mounting pressure from WBD, Ezra finally came in from the cold and burped up an apology to “everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior,” and stated they were suffering from “complex mental health issues.” Ezra, as we all know too well, has been the subject of much hand-wringing at WBD over what to do with their $200 million movie starring a creep who’s spent the past two years alarming the citizenship of Iceland, South Dakota, Hawaii, Vermont and beyond with their erratic and dangerous behavior, some of which involves children. But Ezra apparently “cares about The Flash,” so all is forgiven. THR reports:
Amid all the bustle this week on the Burbank lot, one could have easily missed a pair of figures walking around the offices and heading to a meeting of the highest order. But that’s what Ezra Miller, the star of Warners’ high-profile DC movie The Flash, and their agent, CAA’s Scott Metzger, did Wednesday — the same day a Batgirl screening took place.
Miller, who uses they/them pronouns, and Metzger met with new Warner Bros. film chairs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to discuss not only how to stay on course for The Flash’s June 23, 2023, release date but to reaffirm their commitment to the movie as well as apologize for bringing negative attention to the production and the company.
According to sources, Miller vowed to seek help after learning that De Luca and Abdy were considering all options for Flash, including scrapping the $200 million movie if things devolved further with Miller. While the actor is said to not have minded the stream of bad headlines, they were spooked by the notion of the film getting canceled and jolted to take action. Says one source: “They care about The Flash. It’s one of their favorite characters to play.”
Now before you start screaming “won’t somebody please think of the children!?” that is actually what WBD is doing. Kids love superheros (as long as they aren’t girls)! In fact the only kids they aren’t thinking about are the youngsters who’ve been caught up in Ezra’s orbit, like the 12-year-old non-binary kid whose mother was “granted a temporary harassment-protection order against Miller, who she said showed an inappropriate interest in her child,” shortly after the parents of now 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes accused Ezra of grooming their daughter from the age of 12. According to Insider:
The mother, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her child, told Insider the actor showed an inappropriate interest in her 11-year-old. She said Miller complimented the child’s style and maturity level and asked whether they were interested in starting a clothing line together. Miller also offered to pay for the child to attend design school.
“I want to invest in your future. I want to make you somebody,” the now-12-year-old recalled Miller telling them. They added they were “really uncomfortable ’cause I’m somebody who doesn’t like talking to new people” but said Miller was “pushing and pushing me to talk.”
Miller again asked the child to stay at their farm, offered to buy them horses, and brought up the idea of paying for their design school.
The 12-year-old said part of them wanted to believe Miller. “I did want it to happen. It sounded perfect,” they said. “But it was also just very wary and uncomfortable and didn’t feel safe.”
The child last saw Miller on June 4, when Miller showed up at their apartment building dressed in a cowboy hat and boots asking to buy horses for the 12-year-old. It was four days before TMZ broke the news that Tokata’s parents were seeking a protective order.
The 12-year-old’s mother said she wanted to believe Miller had good intentions with her child. The preteen was inspired by the actor’s outspokenness and all they’d done for LGBTQ representation in Hollywood. “They see them as someone who is successful, who is queer, who is in the community,” she said. “My child is thinking that this person’s a superhero — they’re really enamored.”
Gosh, Ezra really is a convincing actor. No wonder The Flash has been absolutely killing it at test screenings. THR reports:
After months of upsetting headlines about Miller, the mood regarding Flash is more hopeful on the lot than it’s been in some time, even if the movie still has a ways to go before its release. Still, it has been receiving some of the highest scores at test screenings since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies, and execs and creatives believe they have a critical and box office hit on their hands that lives up to those scores.
Well, you know what they say— money talks and shit walks “the frigid streets of Reykjavík barefoot, revealing long, pointy toenails and what look[s] like an infected gash on one foot,” emitting “a putrid stench.”
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