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Ezra Miller’s a Public Menace. Why Are They Still The Flash?

It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe has a major casting problem. But the ongoing saga involving The Flash star Ezra Miller and the series of abuse and harassment allegations they’ve accrued over the past year—most recently, grooming—might be the biggest moral conundrum the film franchise has yet to face.

Back in April, an insider at DC Films told Rolling Stone that the studio held an emergency meeting about Miller’s behavior after they were charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in Hawaii for an incident involving patrons at a karaoke bar. (The actor was also hit with a restraining order by a couple who claimed Miller threatened them that’s since been dropped). While DC Films has yet to release an official statement on the matter, the source in the Rolling Stone article claimed that Miller’s upcoming projects, which include The Flash—set for 2023—and a planned sequel, were put on the pause. But according to a source in Variety, Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics, is “barreling ahead” with The Flash and plans on giving the superhero film the “full blockbuster treatment,” despite the most recent allegations made by Chase Iron Eyes and Sara Jumping Eagle that Miller has been grooming their 18-year-old daughter, environmental activist Tokata Iron Eyes, since the age of 12 (when Miller was 23).

Last week, Iron Eyes’ parents requested a protective order for their daughter from the Standing Rock Sioux tribal court, accusing Miller of using drugs, violence, and intimidation to control and manipulate her. (Iron Eyes disputed her parents’ claims on Instagram). Among other accusations, they claimed that Miller befriended their daughter in 2016 while visiting the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and later flew her and other members of the tribe to London to visit the filming location of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017, where Miller attempted to share a bed with Iron Eyes, who was 14 at the time. A judge has since approved the order, but law enforcement has not been able to locate Miller to serve them documents.

A hearing for the case is scheduled for July 12. Despite these disturbing new claims against Miller, Warner Bros. is apparently counting on the possibility that Miller will avoid legal consequences and stay out of trouble leading up to The Flash’s release, according to Variety. The source added that it would “cost too much money to completely scrap the project entirely.” Even with the option to more quietly release the film exclusively on Warner Bros.’ streaming platform HBO Max, they claim that the movie would require a theatrical release to “turn a profit” for the studio.

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