Arrested at the end of March for disturbing public order, Ezra Miller could be ousted from the DC license at Warner Bros.
Definitely, Warner Bros seems to have some issues with its star actors. A few months after the departure of Johnny Depp from the license Fantastic Beasts, the firm is forced to look into the case of Ezra Miller. The actor, who will be in the cast of the third installment of the saga inspired by the universe Harry Potterwas arrested on Sunday March 27 for disturbing public order and harassment.
In a Hawaiian bar, Ezra Miller would have taken advantage of a karaoke to grab the microphone from the hands of a 23-year-old young woman and shout obscenities. He also allegedly threw himself on a man playing darts. He was released on bail of $500. The incident caused a stir, to the point that Warner Bros must now make crucial decisions regarding its future in the DC license.
This is far from the first time that the actor’s escapades have made headlines. In April 2020, a video taken in a bar showed him strangling a woman. He had been escorted to the exit, but had never commented on these images.
The cup, no fire, is therefore full for Warner Bros and DC who are currently discussing its future in cinema. A source familiar with the matter indicates that he had a few seizures during the production of The Flash. He nevertheless specifies that no outburst of violence is to be reported.
The actor ousted from Warner Bros productions?
For the time being, neither Warner Bros. nor DC have spoken publicly on the subject. However, if the studios were to end their collaboration with the actor, we should expect some casting changes. Officially, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets is not the last film of the license.
However, its development has been tumultuous, and if the success is not at the rendezvous for the third film, Warner Bros. could just as well decide to stop the costs.
This would allow him not to have to replace another of his flagship actors, after the ousting of Johnny Depp in November 2021. As a reminder, after playing Gellert Grindelwald in the first two films, the actor was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in response to the domestic violence case between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
For The Flash, it seems unlikely that DC and Warner would simply wipe the film off the calendar, especially since filming has wrapped and promises to open the doors to the multiverse in the saga. Nevertheless, the two firms could decide not to continue their collaboration in the future, thus depriving Ezra Miller of an opportunity to return for a second opus or simply a cameo.
In any case, we will find on the poster Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets since the next April 13 at the cinema. For The Flash, it will be necessary to wait until June 23, 2023, the calendar of DC having been jostled recently.