Ezra Miller, known for their role in The Flash, made a brief appearance at the film’s premiere on Monday. This marks their first high-profile public appearance since a series of controversies last year. The premiere took place at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where Miller, who prefers they/them pronouns, participated in photo opportunities on the red carpet to show their support for the film.
Alongside Miller, the film’s director, Andy Muschietti, as well as other cast members such as Ben Affleck and Sasha Calle, were present at the premiere to endorse the movie. The Flash tells the story of Barry Allen, played by Miller, who possesses super speed and attempts to change the past to save his family. However, his actions lead to the creation of a bleak world on the brink of annihilation. The film also features Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman, despite previous reports suggesting he would not be able to attend due to conflicting filming schedules.
Miller’s offscreen controversies began in April of the previous year when they were arrested multiple times in Hawaii for public disturbances. Subsequently, they faced accusations in a legal complaint of grooming a minor. However, the individual involved, who is now an adult, denies these allegations. In separate incidents, Miller was served a temporary restraining order for alleged harassment of a minor and was accused of exposing three children and their mother to guns in their Vermont farmhouse.
Apart from these incidents, Miller pleaded not guilty to felony burglary in Vermont but later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful trespassing. The controversies surrounding Miller also brought attention to a previously circulated video from April 2020, in which they appeared to choke a woman at a bar in Iceland.
In August, Miller revealed that they were dealing with “complex mental health issues” and seeking professional help. They expressed remorse for alarming and upsetting others with their past behavior and committed to working towards a healthier and more productive life.
Speculation arose regarding how Warner Bros. and the film’s production team would handle the release of The Flash in light of these controversies. However, both Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti stated in an interview with EW that there was never a threat of shelving the film, and they supported Miller in seeking help and recovery. Andy Muschietti expressed openness to Miller returning to the role in the future, emphasizing their unique portrayal of the character.
The Flash is scheduled for release in theaters on Friday, allowing audiences to see Ezra Miller once again in the iconic role of Barry Allen.