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DC Heads Praise Ezra Miller's Flash, Call Shelving Batgirl 'Courageous'

DC Heads Praise Ezra Miller's Flash, Call Shelving Batgirl 'Courageous'

Ezra Miller
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James Gunn and Peter Safran are making some interesting statements, that's for sure.

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James Gunn and Peter Safran made a slew of announcements regarding the future of the DCU today, and also took the opportunity to praise Ezra Miller’s perpetually-upcoming Flash movie.

Miller, of course, has spent the last year wreaking havoc and making headlines. The police were called on them multiple times in Hawaii, they were arrested, had a restraining order taken out on them, were accused of grooming and kidnapping a teenager — the list goes on.

The events of last year were not the first of Miller’s public troubles, and in August they announced that they would be undergoing treatment for complex mental health issues. Cynics theorized Warner Bros. may have been the driving force behind that decision, as the company has remained committed to releasing The Flash, in which Miller plays the titular hero.

Safran echoed WB’s prior sentiment that Miller may still have a future with the DCU during Monday’s presentation for journalists, saying, “Ezra is completely committed to their recovery, and we are fully supportive of that journey that they’re on right now. When the time is right, when they feel like they’re ready to have the discussion, we’ll all figure out what the best path forward is.”

It’s a cryptic and non-committal statement, to be certain, although Safran also added that he “feels like [Miller is] making enormous progress” with their recovery.

Meanwhile, Gunn hyped up The Flash movie, which currently has a release date of June 16, 2023, although it has been delayed multiple times already.

“I will say here that ‘Flash’ is probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made,” he said.

The changes happening with the DCU right now have been dividing fans, and the commitment to Miller’s Flash amidst all the cancelations of other films and TV shows — most of which predated Gunn and Safran — certainly hasn’t helped.

However, Safran also called the decision to yank Batgirl — which would have featured the first trans character in a live-action DC film — “a very bold and courageous decision” by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav after the merger.

“That film was not releasable,” he said. “It would have hurt DC. It would have hurt those people involved.”

What is Ezra Miller's gender?

Miller is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

Is Ezra Miller being replaced in The Flash?

No.

What did Ezra Miller do?

How much time do you have?


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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.