Ezra Miller opened up about how DC Studios co-CEOs Peter Safran and James Gunn took “care” of them as the actor battled mental health crises ahead of ‘The Flash’ in theaters.
Miller, who identifies as non-binary and uses them/them pronouns, has faced multiple arrests and inappropriate behavior charges that have cast a shadow over the DC film’s launch. Requests to re-cast Miller’s casting plagued the film, which was directed by Andy Muschietti and starred Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as their iterations of Batman.
During the film’s premiere on June 12, Miller thanked the Warner Bros. Discovery team for treating them with “grace” for the past two years. “Justice League” director Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, and Warner Bros. Film Group CEO Mike DeLuca were among those credited by Miller.
The actor went on to thank the “dynamic duo” Safran and Gunn “for your grace, insight and care within the context of my life and for bringing this moment of action to fruition.”
Miller continued by thanking “the thousands of artists and workers who made this film, all who have supported us in our lives and in the world. And all those who have supported me in my life and in the world in this long and beautiful ten-year pilgrimage”.
Despite joining the DC job with branding oversight, Safran previously stood by Miller when asked about the actor in January 2023.
“Ezra is fully committed to their recovery and we fully support the journey they are on right now,” Safran said. “When the time is right, when they feel ready for discussion, we will all understand what is the best path forward. Right now, they are fully focused on their recovery. In our conversations with them over the past couple of months, they seem to be making tremendous progress.”
Miller issued a statement of apology last year, opening up about enduring a “period of intense crisis” that led to their erratic behavior – which included allegations of child abandonment and running a cult, as well as choking a woman in Iceland .
“The Flash” director Muschietti recently said Warner Bros. Discovery “never” wavered about the film’s theatrical release.
“We have a lot of empathy in general for people who need help, and especially for mental health issues,” di Miller said. “That’s why they’re taking the necessary steps to address their recovery, and we’re supporting them in that.”
Muschietti has also teased a sequel to ‘Flash’ with Miller continuing in the lead role. “It feels like the character was made for them,” he said. “They are absolutely supreme.”