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“The Flash:” Ezra Miller Reportedly Could Exit Over Script Clash With Directors

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The ongoing saga of The Flash standalone film now took another strange turn today with the report of Ezra Miller re-writing the script with the assistance of comics legend Grant Morrison. The story of Miller’s desire to tackle the film has come over a clash with directors John Francis Delay and Jonathan Goldstein over the tone. And that could ultimately result in the actor’s departure.

In some shocking Friday afternoon news, The Flash movie might soon be without a star. According to THR, Ezra Miller has taken it upon himself to take over scripting duties for the solo speedster flick. If the studio chooses to skip over the Morrison & Miller script in favor of one from The Flash directors, it is said that Ezra Miller could exit the role of Barry Allen.

Reports indicate the Morrison/Miller script has a much darker tone than that of the one Daley and Goldstein have on the table. It is said that Ezra Miller has an uphill battle in his quest after Warner Bros. is aiming for the light-hearted tones seen in both Aquaman – a billion-dollar blockbuster for DC – and Shazam!, the upcoming David F. Sandberg-led flick that has been a smash with critics.

For a standalone film of the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash has had a notoriously slow time making it to theaters. Ezra Miller has been attached to the role that Zack Snyder cast him for a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but ever since, the film has struggled to gain any footing at Warner Bros. It is featured a rotating cast of directors before finally setting on Goldstein and Daley now over a year ago.

Last month, Ezra Miller was approached about the film’s delay in an international press stop for the latest Fantastic Beasts movie. Then he mentioned that the crew behind the flick was being meticulous as they moved forward with the property.

“Anyone who knows anything about Barry Allen also knows that he is always late,” Miller said. “But when he arrives, he gets the stuff done. And that is definitely how this film’s production schedule is proceeding. We are a little late.”

“But the reason why we’re late,” the actor explained. “And this is honest to god truth. We are all – and I include myself in this – we very meticulously focused on making a movie which is not just one of the greatest superhero movies that we can possibly make. The movie is going to be a gift to fans.”

According to that report, there is a reason why Warner Bros. allowed the re-write of this DC Comics movie.

And actually, it all comes down to the timing of Ezra Miller’s contract. His initial holding agreement for The Flash is set to expire in May. So we probably could be getting re-casting news very soon.

A recent rumor also suggested The Flash could go into production as soon as this November, which seems unlikely with Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison re-writing the script as well as the actor’s commitments to the Fantastic Beasts franchise. While J.K. Rowling’s third installment was delayed recently, the film is also expected to begin its production before the end of the year.

Now, we might be looking at yet another recast in the DC Comics Universe, that is now in the midst of regaining momentum after misfires from directors Zack Snyder, David Ayer, and Joss Whedon.

To his credit, Ezra Miller has explained that he’s dedicated to creating a Flash film that will make fans proud. And he wouldn’t do it unless he believed in the story.

We will wait to find out if The Flash movie is actually coming through over the next months as production rumoredly begins, as well as if Warner Bros. will go with Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison’s vision for the film – and what that means for writers/directors Daley and Goldstein.

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Ezra Miller Reveals If “The Flash” Movie Is Getting Made

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The future of the DCEU has many uncertainties, including the current status of The Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. The latest update was that the production wouldn’t start until late 2019. But Miller confirmed that the wait for the film’s release would be worth it.

“Nothing’s ever certain in this world, but as certain as things yet, we’re making a fucking crazy-dope Flash movie,” Ezra Miller said to Playboy. “That’s one of my great life dreams, and just the fact that we’re on the way. Anyone who knows about Barry Allen may know he may arrive late, very late. But once he gets there, it’ll be all solved. We have to trust.”

However, Warners Bros. has taken a discouraging approach to the films of the DCEU. The studio has announced numerous projects as “officially” being developed, only for those to be delayed, re-worked, or seemingly scrapped. While Marvel Studios almost always delivers a film on its announced release date, Warner Bros. seems to announce projects in hopes of drumming up support for those films and potentially determines their next steps after gauging fan interest.

Ezra Miller starred as Barry Allen in the DCEU four years ago. He has only played a role in a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo and as a supporting character in Justice League. The reason for the production delays is reportedly to allow Miller to film the third Fantastic Beasts.

At the first place, the film’s title was Flashpoint. But it’s unclear if the classic and titular comic book storyline from 2011 is still the focus of the movie. “What fans understand when they hear the title ‘Flashpoint’ would be almost like hearing a word like ‘crisis,’” Ezra Miller spoke to EW in July 2017. “We started to understand that our precious DC Universe would inevitably be torn asunder to an endless, headache-inducing fabric of multiversality. The DC Hyper-Extended Multiverse, as I planned to call it. Quote me!”

The upcoming The Flash movie is still on track for a spring 2019 production start. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein remained attached.

Considering the various incarnations The Flash has gone through over the past few years – with a rotation of directors including Rick Famuyiwa & Seth Grahame-Smith – it makes sense that fans briefly worried about Daley and Goldstein potential stepping-down. But it seems that, for the time being, the Game Night and the Spider-Man: Homecoming pair will still bring the superhero back to us.

“Just the fact that the character was unique from other superheroes in that he doesn’t completely have his shit together as Superman does,” Daley explained on Reddit earlier this year. “It’s more of a ground-level superhero.

“It’s a relatable way into a superhero movie in some of the same ways that Peter Parker is for the Marvel side of things,” said Goldstein.

As for Ezra Miller, who will reprise his role as Scarlet Speedster, he has previously expressed a pretty positive comment around Daley and Goldstein being on board.

“I met Daley and Goldstein recently. They’re really, really, really cool guys. I really like their works. And I think they’re really great.”

Currently, there’s not an official release date for The Flash movie. However, stay tuned for the upcoming films in the DCEU timeline.

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