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Ezra Miller Reportedly Seeking Treatment For “Complex Mental Issues.” Will That Be Enough To Sustain Their DC Films Future?

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By Gaius Bolling (@g_reelz)

In what looks like a step in the right direction for embattled actor Ezra Miller, the news went public the other day that The Flash actor was finally seeking treatment for what they’re calling “complex mental issues.” If you’ve been following the bizarre journey that Miller has embarked on at least before March of this year, beginning with a choking incident from last year that didn’t ring alarm bells in the way it probably should’ve, this is the news that a lot of us has been waiting for. A proper acknowledgment that something is wrong and efforts are being made to address their mental and emotional issues. Still, as this story began to break, there seemed to be a feeling of too little too late. Miller’s problems include alleged violent behavior, grooming minors, and even starting a cult in Iceland. None of these allegations are minor infractions and even if their efforts to get help are genuine, will it be enough to ensure their DC Films’ future after The Flash is released, and can Miller turn this into a proper Hollywood redemption story?

In a statement released to “Variety” by their rep, Miller’s intentions and acknowledgment of their issues feel genuine. The statement reads, “Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment. I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe, and productive stage in my life.” Miller’s statement had to be music to the ears of Warner Bros. Discovery, the newly merged regime that found themselves in a tough position in regards to what to do about next year’s tentpole release, The Flash, in which Miller plays the titular role. In a story released by “The Hollywood Reporter” a week before Miller’s apology, it was rumored that the studio was mulling over three options for the release of The Flash because of Miller’s highly publicized actions. One of the options was that Miller gets help, they do an interview closer to the film’s release date where they detail their erratic behavior and what they did to get help, they do minimal press, and the film is released as planned. The other two options involved scrapping Miller from the press whatsoever and still releasing the film as is while the final move would’ve been to kill the $200 million project and just take the loss. With Miller’s latest statement, the road is being paved for option one to take shape but the court of public opinion is strong on this one and Miller may have to do more to prove they are on the straight and narrow.

It’s because of Miller’s string of legal issues that some might be weary of just accepting their apology at face value. The actor’s problems began to publicly take shape in March when they were arrested in Hilo, Hawaii, and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after an incident at a bar. On April 19, Miller pleaded no contest and was fined $500 for the disorderly conduct charge, and the harassment charge was dismissed but earlier that very same day, the actor was arrested for second-degree assault after an incident at a private residence in the district of Puna. As of this writing, no charges have been filed related to the incident.

On August 9, Miller was cited for felony burglary after allegedly stealing alcohol from a resident in Stamford, Vermont. They are still ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court on September 26 for an arraignment on the burglary charge, another reason some think their sudden apology and acknowledgment of their mental health issues, feels more strategic than genuine.

These charges don’t even include the more serious claims of grooming minors and other misconduct. Miller drew even more attention after they abruptly deleted their Instagram and basically vanished off the face of the Earth. All we heard were even more bizarre stories about Miller running around all over the place allegedly wearing bulletproof vests and brandishing weapons as they felt they were being watched and followed by the FBI and the KKK. The crazier the Ezra Miller stories got, the more people were perplexed that action was being taken by those in charge in regards to their professional life.

There is a general feeling that Miller has been given more chances than others up to this point and that many in their position would be publicly “canceled” because of all of their abrupt behavior. When Warner Bros. Discovery recently scrapped the Batgirl movie, a narrative began to grow that many thought it was suspect that the film with the Latina female lead was killed for cost measures while Ezra Miller and The Flash got to soldier on to its planned release date. I personally don’t think these two business moves are in line with each other but I am a firm believer in optics and I can acknowledge that the optics don’t look good. It looks like Miller is getting a pass despite all of their negative press.

I’m also aware that Hollywood also loves a great redemption story. As much as the industry loves to tear you down, it also loves to watch you rise from the ashes. I believe the release of The Flash is a little over ten months away and that’s a lot of time to sway the court of public opinion. If Ezra Miller can show that they are serious about addressing their mental health and they make strides to take ownership of all of their alleged misdeeds, there is a chance that a new narrative can begin in this crazy journey of an actor that still has so much promise and talent to make good on. A part of me thinks too much has been put out there for Miller to maintain their role as Barry Allen/The Flash in future projects beyond next year’s major release. There is a slight possibility that the studio could keep them if they are really showing progress with their mental health but I think too much damage has been done for that to be a viable option. There could still be an amicable parting of the ways but this new stage in Miller’s life could ensure that their career isn’t completely over. People love a comeback and there is a possibility that they will have people rooting for them. Despite the hopes for their professional future, what’s really important is that Ezra Miller really gets the help they need and comes out of this for their own personal well-being and not because of their next big gig.

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