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Ezra Miller Won’t Be Recast in Potential ‘Flash’ Sequel, Says Director: ‘They Excelled’ in Role

Ezra Miller won’t be kicked out of the DCU in a multiverse loophole, according to “The Flash” director Andy Muschietti.

Miller, who has faced numerous arrests and allegations of cult behavior and solicitation, directs the upcoming DC film “The Flash,” starring Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck and opens the door for various actors to play the same characters in different iterations. While “The Flash” has already received strong first-reaction reviews, requests for Miller’s casting re-examination have plagued the film due to the non-binary star’s troubled public profile.

Yet director Muschietti has assured that if a sequel to ‘The Flash’ is greenlit, Miller will continue in the lead role. “If it happens (a sequel), yeah,” Muschietti said during “The Discourse” podcast (via The playlist). “I don’t think there’s anyone who can play that character as well as they do. The other portrayals of the character are great, but this particular take on the character, they just excelled at it.

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Muschietti continued, “And, like you said, the two Barrys — he seems like a character made for them.”

Producer Barbara Muschietti also shared, “In principal photography, Ezra was brilliant, the busiest and the most professional (actor). Ezra gave everything to this role – physically, creatively, emotionally. They were absolutely supreme.

Miller’s “The Flash” co-star Michael Shannon called working with the actor a “lovely” experience, saying earlier this year that Miller was a “very kind” scene partner.

“It’s hard to talk about, but I always give people a lot of leeway in this business, because there are a lot of people in this business who have problems. And some people have more privacy than others,” Shannon said. “Every time someone is in the spotlight and picked on, I feel sorry for them. Even if it’s justified, it’s still a horrible situation.

Miller released a statement in August 2022 apologizing for their actions and announcing they were seeking mental health treatment. Warner Bros.’ DC Studios co-head Peter Safran shared in January 2023 that Miller was “completely committed to their recovery” and that the studio was “fully supportive of that journey they’re on right now.”