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 highlighted the quicksand under the feet of the newly acquired studio. (Aquaman the push was due to the long track needed to complete 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.)
Amidst all the chaos 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, star of the highly publicized Warners film, the flashand their CAA agent, Scott Metzger, made Wednesday – the same day a bat girl testing has taken place.
Miller, who uses the pronouns they/them, and their agent met with the new Warner Bros. movie presidents. Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy to discuss not only how to stay the course for the flashthe 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 announced a mea culpa on Aug. 15 and said he was seeking help for mental health issues. The actor said in a statement at the time, “I want to apologize to everyone for alarming and upsetting 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 $250 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. Says 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 to De Luca and Abdy, who took over as head of the film division in early July and inherited a slate of films DC in various stages of post-production. 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.
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 quite some time, even if the movie still has some way to go before its ultimate release date. Still, the film was receiving some of the highest scores at test screenings since Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, executives and creatives believe they have the means to have critical and box office success to match these scores.
—Carolyn Giardina contributed to this story.