“The Flash” is finally about to hit theaters after years of development Hell. In case your someone who is on the fence about seeing it, let me explain why I eventually decided to not see this movie.
My first reason deals with Ezra Miller. It’s no secret Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole has a history if pushing artists and celebrities despite whatever scandals they have. And this connects to a similar topic of how much should we separate an artist’s personal life from their work. Both are complex topics with very few if any clear cut answers. For example - I don’t like that Mel Gibson still gets work. But I still watched and enjoyed “Hacksaw Ridge”. A lot of this comes down to how an individual person views an artist and what has come out about that artist’s personal life and should ideally be judged on a case-by-case basis.
But looking at Ezra Miller, I just feel they have done too much for me to simply ignore. It would be one thing if it was just them getting into publoc altercations. But in addition, they have charges that include child grooming/manipulation, inappropriately interacting with minors, burglary, hosting a family with young children on a farm where they have unguarded access to various firearms and being exposed to marijuana smoke with no proper ventilation…needlessly to say, there is A LOT against Ezra Miller. And I almost forgot how Ezra literally went on the run from the police and made online posts mocking them for not finding them.
It should be noted that Ezra has made a public apology and is currently undergoing mental health treatment. Now, I don’t want to belitte or insult anyone’s struggle with their mental health. But this should not be an excuse that just swipes away everything Ezra is being charged with. Not to mention the people involved in Ezra’s life that maybe should have done something to help prevent things from getting to this point. Admittedly, I’m not directly involved in any of this and I’m probably missing a little context. But again, there is too much here for me to ignore. The only thing I can do as an individual to show I don’t want to continue supporting Hollywood’s habit of just ignoring scandals is by not seeing this movie.
Another big reason I’m not seeing this movie does ultimately tie back to the cancelled “Batgirl” movie. I understand if your tired of people complaining about this decision. But let me try and put it in a slightly different light. I don’t want to argue whether or not the Batgirl movie was as bad as some people claim it is, because then we’re just discussing hypotheticals. But even if “Batgirl” was a bad movie…I would honestly still prefer to watch that movie over “The Flash”. Part of that is personal because I’m a bigger fan of Barbara Gordon. But also, it feels like “Batgirl” would be taking a bigger risk. Yes, this one also had Michael Keaton back as Batman. Yet “Batgirl” seemed to be willing to tell a more intimate, character-focused story as opposed to telling another story where they have to deal with a universe level disaster. Plus, not only would we have a movie that doesn’t have anyone with legal issues like Ezra, WB-Discovery wouldn’t permanently damage their relationship with film-makers by straught up cancelling an almost done movie.
At the end of the day, I don’t feel comfortable supporting a movie that has someone like Ezra Miller. And I don’t like how WB-Discovery pushing this movie in addition to how they treated “Batgirl” potentially says about their decision making for DC movies moving forward. And one small reminder…this movie doesn’t actually need to be successful as long as it simply resets their cinematic universe. So I feel like there is no genuine stakes to this movie anyway.
One last thing I want to say - I’m NOT going to judge anyone that does go to see this movie. I completely understand if your a Flash fan that wants to see your favorite hero on the big screen. Or if you want to see Michael Keaton back as Batman. Or maybe you are capable of seperating Ezra’s issues from your movie going experience. And if you want to come back and tell me why you enjoyed the movie, I’m open to discussing that. And I’m sorry if this post makes me come off in a condenscending or negative light, that wasn’t my intention.