Following their solo film, Ezra Miller might continue to play The Flash in James Gunn’s new DC Universe. The Flash movie has taken over a decade to arrive in theatres, despite being announced in October 2014. The Flash has gone through several stages of development since Miller was cast as the Scarlet Speedster. Warner Bros. Discovery delayed The Flash’s summer 2023 release from its original January 2019 date, in part because of post-production issues. Miller’s numerous legal squabbles in 2022, nevertheless, have been a another contentious issue relating to the movie. The Flash has continued to be a contentious title for the DC Universe despite Miller receiving mental health therapy and openly apologising.
As the upcoming The Flash movie approaches, a fresh report regarding Miller’s likely future with the property has surfaced. Variety reports that they have heard from several Warner Bros. officials that they would be “open to continuing with the actor” after The Flash. It’s unclear if the individuals in question are CEO David Zaslav or Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy from Warner Bros. Despite their legal issues, it was unclear if Miller would continue as Barry Allen after the standalone film. Miller, their representatives, or anyone from Warner Bros. Discovery have not responded to the report as of the time this article was published.
How this affect James Gunn’s New DC Universe
It’s important to keep in mind that Miller may not get to continue on if the Warner Bros. executives are anyone other than Zaslav, De Luca, and Abdy. Miller’s Flash may also be excluded from the franchise since James Gunn’s DCU appears to be headed for some sort of relaunch. They’re seeking for a new celebrity to play Superman now that Henry Cavill is no longer the Man of Steel. Gunn has also not revealed whether he will cast a new Diana Prince, despite Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman having so far remained in place. James Momoa, the actor who plays Aquaman, may return from the DC Universe as a different charactee possibly Lobo.
Miller’s return following The Flash won’t make sense if the new Justice League is essentially cast with new actors. It’s important to note that neither Gunn nor Peter Safran have been mentioned as the company officials who appear to be amenable to Miller’s comeback. Even if The Flash performs very well at the box office, Gunn has said that fans can anticipate a reset with the new DCU. Only if they take an Elseworlds approach would it make sense to film additional The Flash movies with Miller. The “old” DC Realm might one day exist similarly to how the Arrowverse does, as a universe apart from the main DC canon.
Miller’s The Flash series can continue without Gunn’s new DCU if DC Studios is willing to go in that way, regardless of what happens to Gunn’s new DCU. Even if the Elseworlds movies are in production, Miller’s public image could influence whether or not he is cast as the DC legend. Even with mental health counselling and a public apology, DC Studios might still decide not to hire Miller again. According to DC Studios, they could prefer to start again with The Flash and possibly even use someone different than Barry. Miller will initially appear in this summer’s The Flash film, which will also include various Batman personas and a fresh interpretation of Supergirl.