There's 'Too Much Invested' to Cancel Ezra Miller's 'The Flash'—PR Expert

While Warner Bros. has shelved one big-budget DC Comics movie in Batgirl, Ezra Miller's The Flash is too big to fail.

That's the view of PR expert Juda Engelmayer who believes there's now "too much invested" for the studio not to release the movie. The Flash has been the source of debate recently after Warner Bros. Discovery announced it wouldn't be releasing the Batgirl movie theatrically or on HBO Max, despite the fact that it's already been filmed.

Lead actor of The Flash, Miller has been arrested multiple times in 2022 and has had a number of other troubling accusations thrown at them. Parents of a teenage Native American girl Gibson (formerly Tokata Iron Eyes) accused the DC actor of "brainwashing" their child and filed for a restraining order against them.

But despite these accusations and Warner Bros' sudden change of heart on one of their major DC properties, as it stands The Flash is to hit movie theaters on June 23, 2023. The movie will star Miller alongside Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, Michael Shannon, Sasha Calle and Ben Affleck.

Ezra Miller in The Flash
Warner Bros. appears to be progressing with the release of "The Flash" despite the recent legal incidents involving Ezra Miller. David M. Benett/Getty Images / Warner Bros. Pictures Releasing

"Warner Bros. Discovery will watch and see how the [legal] cases pan out and look to their belief on what social and public sentiment might be," Engelmayer, the president of HeraldPR told Newsweek. "They have too much invested here, not just the cash, but DC Extended Universe [DCEU] storylines and future programs based on the outcome and success of The Flash."

The Flash looks set to be an integral part of the future of the DCEU, DC's rival to Marvel's Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Engelmayer said Miller's legal troubles appear to stem from a pattern of behavior we've "unfortunately" seen before from many young actors before.

"Some worked through it, like Robert Downey Jr, who spent a year in prison, worked to rehabilitate himself. On the other hand, Dana Plato got involved in drugs, theft and other crimes, and died of an overdose. Add to this Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, Shia LaBeouf, Winona Ryder, and it had major adverse effects on their careers and public perception.

"Some worked hard to overcome it, some had better luck than others. The key was sincerity in their efforts, speed at which they were able to gain control over their problems (seek help, serve time, devotion to rehabilitation, etc) and even luck in their abilities to get another chance with key roles," Engelmayer said.

Newsweek has reached out to Miller directly, Miller's representatives and to Warner Bros.

As head of HeraldPR, a New York City-based public relations agency, Engelmayer believes that behind the scenes, plans are being made in case The Flash doesn't make it to screens.

"Warner Bros. and Miller's PR team have been watching, like we all have, trying to be careful and not make any hasty decisions." He continued, "My guess is that because the alleged criminal activity isn't of a sexual or physical assault nature, or worse, they feel they've already invested a lot and the film is still good.

"Behind the scenes rest assured they are planning for the possibility it may have to be scrubbed."