The North American medium Variety has published the chronicle of everything that has gone wrong with ‘Black Adam’ and Dwayne Johnson at Warner and DC (which has been a lot and a lot of noise), and the report hides a surprising rumor that would turn everything we thought we knew about it upside down. the future of the DC Extended Universe: Ezra Miller could continue as Flash inside the studio.
‘The Rock’ Johnson stood as the new face of DC, as the “savior” of a comic franchise in low hours between failures, controversies and controversies, but his ‘Black Adam’ has not lived up to expectations at the box office. The trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard greatly affected ‘Aquaman 2’, the cancellation of ‘Batgirl’ on HBO was a huge blow to the company’s reputation and the arrival of James Gunn, director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in Marvel, as the new head honcho of DC promised a clean slate.
Despite the fact that Henry Cavill seemed to return as Superman, with a cameo included in the post-credits scene of ‘Black Adam’, Gunn has decided to do without the services of the actor and will try to reboot the most iconic superheroes of the DC cartoons by eliminating the versions of Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. And, although the new installments of ‘Aquaman’, ‘Shazam’ and ‘The Flash’ are still to be released, we all took it for granted that Jason Momoa, Zachary Levy and, above all, Ezra Miller had their days numbered inside the studio. But it seems that it is not so clear…
If we had guessed a few months ago which Justice League actor was impossible to continue at DC, the name of Ezra Miller was the safe bet that everyone would have chosen. The actor’s controversies splashed the tabloids throughout the year between fights, arrests, assaults, home invasion, altercations, robberies… Even accusations of kidnapping of minors, possession of drugs and weapons. The continuity of the interpreter in DC, as well as in Hollywood in general, was considered impossible. But, according to Variety, some Warner executives are willing to continue with the actor as the speedster superhero after ‘The Flash’ opens on June 16. There are two reasons: ‘The Flash’ is getting outstanding marks in the test passes, and Miller seems to have radically changed his behavior since entering therapy. in the summer of last year.
‘Aquaman’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Blue Beetle’ and ‘Peacemaker’ (James Gunn’s HBO series based on John Cena’s ‘Suicide Squad’ character) could also have continuity, according to the sources of the study. That is, in an impossible turn of events, We are left without Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in DC, but we can see how the most controversial actor of the past year, Ezra Miller, could remain within the DCEU. James Gunn has a decision on his hands, to say the least, complicated.
Though all these rumors could well be a hidden marketing strategy by Warner/DC to recover part of the lost interest in their upcoming releases. After all, if it is confirmed that all the films that DC releases in 2023 are going to come to nothing, what interest will the public have in going to see them?