Ezra Miller charged with felony theft days after Warner Bros Discovery CEO Zaslav praised ‘Flash’ movie

Actor Ezra Miller arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Justice League’ at Dolby Theater on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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As David Zaslav seeks to renew Warner Bros.’ Discovery DC Cinematic Universe, one of the studio’s biggest stars continues to make headlines for alleged criminal behavior.

Ezra Miller, who plays Barry Allen, aka Flash, as part of the DC Extended Universe, has been charged with felony theft in Stamford, VT, according to a Vermont State Police report.

The alleged incident occurred on May 1 and involved the loss of bottles of alcohol from a local residence. According to the report, surveillance video indicated Miller’s involvement and they were issued a summons Sunday to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Sept. 26 for arraignment.

This latest incident follows a pattern of disturbing behavior and allegations of misconduct dating back to at least 2020. Miller was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment in early 2022 and, hours before his April court appearance on these charges, was rearrested following an altercation in which they were accused of throwing a chair. and hurt a woman.

In addition, two protective orders have been granted in recent months, one for a 12-year-old boy in Massachusetts and one for Gibson Iron Eyes, an 18-year-old activist from Standing Rock, who was allegedly groomed by Miller, according to parents. Chase Iron Eyes and Sara Jumping Eagle.

Other allegations suggest Miller has been housing a 25-year-old mother and her three children, all under the age of five, at his ranch in Stamford. The property also allegedly operates as an unlicensed cannabis farm and has multiple firearms on the premises. according to a Rolling Stone report.

The felony robbery charge against Miller comes nearly a year before Warner Bros. releases “The Flash,” a $100 million film that is part of the studio’s DC franchise.

The news also comes just days after the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery praised the film during an earnings call.

“We’ve got some great DC movies coming up: ‘Black Adam,’ ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Flash,'” Zaslav said during the call. “And we’re working on all of those. We’re very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they’re fantastic…”

The company remained silent on Miller’s previous assault arrests earlier this year, but sources within the company said Emergency meetings were held in April to discuss their recent controversies and how the study would proceed in the future. At the time, it was determined that the film would remain on the slate, but Warner Bros. would pause future projects involving the actor.

The studio even teased “The Flash” during its CinemaCon presentation in late April, suggesting it still plans to go ahead with the movie’s release next year.

Company representatives did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Miller’s latest run-in with the law has only stoked fans’ anger at the studio, which controversially shelved DC’s “Batgirl” movie last week.

Many felt the decision to ditch the film, which features an Afro-Latino star in Leslie Grace, was poor optics. Although Warner Bros. Discovery has maintained that the move was made as a cost-cutting measure following the merger of Discovery and Warner Bros.

Zaslav took the helm at the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery in April and has sought to refocus the company’s content strategy, taking a very different direction from former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, who prioritized streaming and digital media.

The new CEO doesn’t want the company to spend huge amounts of money on big-budget film projects just to get them to debut on streaming.

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