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Long-Awaited Film 'The Flash' Races into Theaters Amidst Controversy and High Expectations

15/06/2023 à 02:23:23

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After years of development and amidst controversies surrounding its star, Ezra Miller, 'The Flash' races into theaters, bringing high expectations and a fresh opportunity for the DC Comics franchise.

After almost a decade in the making, "The Flash" is finally set to make its debut on the big screen this weekend. The Warner Bros. Discovery feature arrives at a crucial time for the company, amidst significant changes, and follows a series of legal controversies involving its star, Ezra Miller. With a projected opening weekend box-office performance in the range of $75 million to $85 million, "The Flash" is expected to revitalize the DC Comics franchise. Starring Miller, alongside Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck reprising their iconic Batman roles, the film holds promise despite recent disappointments within the superhero genre.

While recent DC films such as "Black Adam" and "Shazam: Fury of the Gods" struggled to captivate audiences, collectively earning just over $500 million worldwide, "The Flash" aims to change that narrative. "Black Adam" opened domestically with $67 million last October, while the "Shazam!" sequel fell short with $30.1 million during its initial three-day run earlier this year. Both films faced negative reviews from critics. In contrast, "The Flash" has generated more favorable early reviews, positioning it as one of the better films within the DC universe.

The road to the release of "The Flash" has not been without hurdles, mainly due to the personal controversies surrounding Ezra Miller, who prefers the pronouns they and them. In 2020, Miller made headlines for a video that appeared to show them violently choking a fan. Subsequently, further incidents of impropriety arose in 2022, leading to Miller's arrest and charges of disorderly conduct and harassment at a karaoke bar in Hawaii. Additionally, Miller faced accusations of grooming minors.

Acknowledging the intense crisis they went through, Miller revealed last year their commitment to receiving treatment for complex mental health issues. This admission followed Miller being charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vermont. However, in January, Miller managed to avoid jail time through a plea deal. Since then, the actor has maintained a low profile, making a return to the public eye for "The Flash" premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. Notably, Miller has refrained from participating in major interviews or promotional activities for the film, and reports suggest Warner Bros. currently has no future projects planned with them.

Prior to the screening of "The Flash," Miller expressed gratitude to the co-chairs and co-chief executive officers of DC Studios, Peter Safran and James Gunn, for their understanding and support. Safran and Gunn recently joined forces at DC after the studio experienced inconsistent box-office performances over the years. In January, they unveiled an ambitious new slate of DC-based films and TV shows, including upcoming projects featuring Superman, Batman, and Supergirl. Gunn, known for his successful work with Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" trilogy, is set to write and direct "Superman: Legacy."

As "The Flash" races into theaters, it carries with it a mix of excitement, controversy, and high expectations. Despite the legal issues and personal struggles faced by its star, Ezra Miller, the film is poised to inject new life into the DC Comics franchise. With positive early reviews and the inclusion of fan-favorite Batman portrayals by Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck, "The Flash" may prove to be a box-office success and a significant step forward for DC Studios as they forge a new path in the world of superhero storytelling.

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