It was one of the most important weeks in DC history. Warner Bros. Discovery appears to have found the executive to lead this division’s film and television efforts. There were funeral screenings for a canceled movie bat girl. And moving the main tent poles Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Shazam! Fury of the gods revealed the quicksand beneath the newly acquired studio.
Amid all the commotion this week on the Burbank lot, one could have easily missed a pair of characters strolling through the offices and heading to a first-rate meeting. But that’s what Ezra Miller, the star of Warners’ highly publicized DC film the flashand their agent, CAA’s Scott Metzger, did so on Wednesday – the same day bat girl testing has taken place.
Miller, who uses the pronouns they/them, and Metzger met with the new movie presidents of Warner Bros. 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 film and apologize for bringing negative attention to the production and the company.
Over the past two years, Miller has been at the center of arrests and controversy, culminating when the actor issued a mea culpa on Aug. 15 and said he was seeking help for mental health issues. The actor said at the time, “I want to apologize to everyone I’ve alarmed and upset with my past behavior.”
According to sources, Miller vowed to seek help after learning that De Luca and Abdy were considering all options to Glow, including dropping the $200 million film if things developed further with Miller. While the actor is said to have been oblivious to the flow of bad headlines, they were spooked by the thought of the film being canceled and were jolted into action. Said a source: “They care about the flash. He’s one of their favorite characters to play.
Details of the meeting were not revealed, but it was the first time Miller had spoken with De Luca and Abdy, who took over as director of the film division in early July and inherited a DC slate at different post-production stages. The actor apologized and affirmed his commitment to both care and production.
Warners had no comment and representatives for Miller could not be reached for comment.
The move comes as work on the flashdirected by Andy Muschietti, full steam ahead, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, not hesitating on his release date, even if Warners pushed this week Shazam! Fury of the gods on 2022 and Aquaman 2 return from March 2023 to Christmas of that year. (Aquaman’The push was due to the long track needed to complement the intensive and complex visual effects, while Shazam! left a date that was a week away from the juggernaut Avatar: The Way of the Water.)
Next week, composer Benjamin Wallfisch will lead a score session at Abbey Road Studios in London, sources say. Work on the visual effects continues and could be finished by the end of the year.
After months of shocking headlines about Miller, the mood regarding Glow is more hopeful about the plot than it has been in some time, even if the film still has some way to go before its release. Still, it received some of the highest scores in test screenings since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies, and executives and creatives believe it has critical and box office success to match those scores.
Carolyn Giardina contributed to this story.