Ezra Miller Presents $20 Million Number for Warner Bros. This is the budget for the flash, which stars Miller as a spandex-clad superhero. Slated for release next summer, it’s DC Comics’ big dice roll against Disney’s world-conquering Marvel movies, such as The Avengers series and Spider Man. There’s only one problem, their lead actor has been embroiled in a series of controversies, from housing a woman and her children on a farm in Vermont where reports said guns drag on, to two recent arrests in Hawaii.
The first, on March 27, occurred at a dive bar when, according to police, Miller snatched the microphone from a woman who was singing karaoke. Police became involved when a furious Miller then shouted obscenities and allegedly lunged at a man playing darts. The second came a month later, when Miller was asked to leave a rally and threw a chair, hitting a woman and leaving her with a half-inch gash on her forehead, police said. A couple then filed a restraining order against the actor later that night after Miller allegedly burst into their bedroom and threatened to “bury” them. In just three weeks, Miller was the subject of 10 calls from police in the sleepy town of Hilo, Hawaii.
Not so long ago, Miller was the darling of independent cinema thanks to roles in After school and We need to talk about Kevin, before scoring franchise stardom in the JK Rowling writes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as in the DC Universe. He has also positioned himself as a champion of the LGBT+ community, coming out as queer in 2012 and non-binary in 2018, stating, “I don’t identify as a man, I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as human. the flash was set to make Miller the first queer actor to lead a superhero movie, but all of that is now in jeopardy. According Deadline, Warner Bros has been trying to “get some help” for Miller, but at this point it seems unlikely they’ll be retained for future projects. It is, after all, the same studio that dumped Johnny Depp after his unsuccessful UK lawsuit against The sun.
Ezra Miller was born into a wealthy New Jersey family in 1992; Miller’s father was a successful publisher and their mother a dancer. To overcome a childhood stutter, Miller took up singing opera, making his debut at the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s white crow at Lincoln Center in 2001. Yet Miller was also a victim of homophobic bullying in high school. “I was trying to kiss boys at school,” Miller said Out in 2012. “I went from a stutterer to a totally gay little opera singer to a really confused queer teenager.”
Miller dropped out of high school at age 16, not because of bullying, but because of Beethoven. The actor said New York magazine that the composer came to them in a dream: “He was crying and he said: ‘The four symphonies that I have written are not good. They’re just, like, not enough. And I was like, ‘You’re writing five more! Keep on going!’ And I woke up in a cold sweat and I thought, “I have to drop out of school. » »
It wasn’t a total leap of faith. Miller had previously appeared in a number of TV shorts and in 2008 made his first big screen appearance in Antonio Campos’ dark debut. After school. This perfectly fueled his role in Euphoria the directorial debut of creator Sam Levinson, another happy day in 2011, in which Miller played Ellen Barkin’s cocky teenage son. Miller arrived late to meet Levinson at the film’s casting and asked to sit outside so he could smoke. “I was like, ‘What a fucking bitch! He’s perfect for this movie!’ said the director.
Miller found his niche as a quirky and talkative teenager, earning rave reviews for his performance in the lead role in 2011. We need to talk about Kevin, based on Lionel Shriver’s novel about a child on a quest to destroy his mother. They then landed a spot in the popular adaptation of Charlie’s world alongside Emma Watson. It was then that Miller began to find himself in the news for the wrong reasons. During filming…Advantagesthe actor was arrested by police after being arrested for a broken taillight where he was found, in Miller’s own words, under a “quilt” of weeds.
Mainstream fame came in 2016 when Miller landed the roles of Credence in Fantastic Beasts… and The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Strange videos of the actor then began to surface. One day Miller was giving an emotional, slightly manic rendition of Rihanna’s “Work” on a piano in a hotel lobby, the next an indecipherable red carpet interview while dressed as Toadette from Mario Kart. At a Comic-Con event in 2017, they spontaneously kissed a fan on the mouth after the fan asked to smell Miller’s breath for alcohol.
It was confusing, but not too disturbing. That was until 2020, when a video surfaced on Twitter that appeared to show Miller choking a woman in a Reykjavik bar. “I think it’s just fun and games – but it wasn’t,” the woman, who remained anonymous, said recently. Variety after being silent for two years. No charges were ever brought against the actor. Miller has never publicly commented on the incident.
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Then, earlier this year, Miller went on a social media rant targeting what they called the Ku Klux Klan’s “Beulaville Chapter” in North Carolina, telling them to “kill themselves.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that monitors hate groups, said it was not aware of any Klan activity in the area. Then came the incidents in Hawaii.
Other charges have since been leveled against Miller, the most serious of which comes from the parents of an 18-year-old from North Dakota. They accuse Miller of grooming and “psychologically manipulating, physically intimidating and endangering the safety and well-being” of their child, Tokata Iron Eyes, dating back to when Iron Eyes was 12 years old. In an interview with The Independent, their father Chase Iron Eyes said, “Our life has been turned upside down”, alleging that Miller supplied the teenager with alcohol, marijuana and LSD during their friendship. “When we retrieved Tokata from Ezra’s farm, we weren’t sure she would ever be able to function, psychologically, mentally or intellectually, at the level she had shown before entering the clutches of ‘Ezra,” he said. A court has since been “unable to locate” Miller to serve them with an order of protection against Tokata. The actor’s Instagram account has also been deactivated. The Independent reached out to the court to find out if he has since been able to serve the actor. Iron Eyes, however, denied the allegations against Miller, saying, “It’s my life. It’s my decisions, and I’m disappointed in my parents and the press in every way.
Since then, another mother and her 12-year-old child have obtained a temporary harassment prevention order against Miller after alleging that the actor threatened his family at his neighbor’s house and acted inappropriately towards the child.
In a June 30 report Variety, a German woman also alleged Miller harassed her after she refused to leave her Berlin apartment in February 2022. She claims Miller became furious after telling them they couldn’t smoke at her house; the actor was only convinced to leave after calling the police. A week earlier (June 23), a report in rolling stone alleged that Miller’s farm in Vermont, where he housed another mother and her three children, had “guns and bullets lying around.” A source recalled an incident in which one of the children – aged one – allegedly put a stray bullet in his mouth.
A source close to Miller said Variety that the star hopes to address the allegations made against them at some point, but that they have “chosen to privately focus on their health and recovery” first. They will then play the role of the young Salvador Dali in the biopic of Mary Harron Dalíland. The film is currently in post-production but who knows what will become of Miller’s part if any further allegations arise. Kevin Spacey has shown that actors can be recast and scenes can be redone. Some DC fans have already called on the studio to replace Miller with Grant Gustin, who plays The Flash on the accompanying CW show. “There’s no win in this for Warner Bros,” studio source says Deadline recently. For Miller, too, there could be no going back on such a long list of indiscretions.
The Independent has contacted representatives for Ezra Miller for comment.