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The DC Cinematic Universe Can’t Outrun Its Casting Curse

The DC Cinematic Universe Can’t Outrun Its Casting Curse

A movie based on the Flash, starring Ezra Miller as the titular, hypersonic DC superhero, is scheduled to hit theaters 13 months from now. Everything was going according to plan—trailers have been hitting the internet, a comic book tie-in is set to be printed—until it suddenly wasn’t.

Earlier this spring, Miller racked up an impressive suite of criminal charges, including disorderly conduct, harassment, and second-degree assault in the midst of one of the strangest career-altering fiascos in recent celebrity memory. For the last several weeks, news has trickled out of Hawaii, where all of these incidents occurred, painting Miller as an unhinged, Joker-like supervillain terrorizing the denizens of the islands.

In March, the actor was booked for “yelling obscenities” at the patrons of a karaoke bar, and allegedly “lunging” towards a man who was playing darts. (A high-risk maneuver! Miller pleaded no contest.) A month later, the actor apparently tossed a chair at a woman attending a private get-together, leaving a gash on her forehead.

This wasn’t even the first time Miller was in the news for alleged assault, either. Last April, videos of them apparently choking a woman surfaced online—timed just before the release of HBO Max’s buzzy Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a.k.a. “The Snyder Cut.”

Three strikes and Miller may be out, however, with reports following that DC may have paused any future projects with the actor.

All of this has left Warner Bros. in yet another unfortunate predicament. Tasked with bringing DC to the big screen, the studio has spent decades attempting to conjure the same international resonance and oodles of box-office cash generated by MCU for its own high-value pantheon of superheroes. And now, its latest high-profile attempt is held hostage by a very public meltdown—one which might potentially doom years of billion-dollar franchise-building.

It’s a contingency that nobody could’ve prepared for. And if you’ve followed DC’s recent film endeavors closely, you know that there’s always another catastrophe right around the corner.

Where do you even start with these setbacks? I tend to think the original sin was the 2011 Green Lantern adaptation: a turgid mess that barely broke even and bombed critically. The failure sent the entire DC brass back to the drawing board, causing Ryan Reynolds to defect across the hall, where he stepped inside the Deadpool suit and brought a truckload of bucks to Sony’s overflowing coffers.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. attempted to rebrand the DC universe with the help of perpetually moody Zach Snyder, who was hired to bless the canon with his trademark dour, funereal candor. The result? 2013’s utterly vibeless Man of Steel, followed by Batman v Superman, which racked up a horrendous 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. More importantly, it gave us an immortal Ben Affleck meme during the press tour—which documents his reaction when he learns, to his horror, that the film is…

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