More than a few people have taken note that while Warner Bros. saw fit to axe its $90 million production of Batgirl starring Latina actress Leslie Grace, it’s still going full-speed ahead with its June 2023 release of The Flash despite widespread accusations against its star, Ezra Miller, of everything from drunken violence to grooming—and, on Monday, they were hit with felony burglary charges for allegedly stealing booze from a Bennington, Vermont home in May.
The latest to weigh in is Clerks auteur Kevin Smith: “It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie,” Smith said in the latest episode of his Youtube podcast.
Smith also sees the irony in casting Miller as one of the most beloved DC superheroes.
“I don’t give a shit how bad the Batgirl movie is,” Smith said. “Nobody in that movie is complicated or has anything in their real life you have to market around. In The Flash movie, we all know there’s a big problem! Flash is the Reverse-Flash in real life.”
The “big problem” Smith is referring to is, of course, the 29-year-old Ezra Miller, once touted as one of Hollywood’s most promising budding stars. After standout performances in 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and 2012’s cult classic The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Miller, who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, earned a reputation as a dark-haired, off-beat heartthrob.
However, in April of 2020 the allure of enigma began to dissolve into something more sinister when Miller was caught on video choking a fan outside a bar in Iceland. The video, posted on Youtube, shows Miller grabbing a woman by the neck and then pinning her to the ground after she had playfully danced up to them, swinging her arms and smiling.
“Do you want to fight? Is that the deal?” Miller is heard saying in the video.
The encounter was disturbing, not only for its violence, but for its utter strangeness. The woman appears confused as to whether Miller is joking, still giggling until she is finally thrown to the ground by the actor, at which point bystanders step in to intervene, and the camera is quickly shut off.
In January, Miller posted a cryptic video on Instagram threatening members of a North Carolina chapter of the KKK, saying “If you guys want to kill yourselves, I suggest killing yourselves with your own guns.” They continue, “Otherwise, keep doing exactly what you’re doing right now, and you know what I’m talking about. And then, you know, we’ll do it ourselves.” It’s unclear if any direct incident prompted the video.
Miller has also been accused of housing a 25-year-old mother and her three young children at their home in Vermont, which reportedly doubles as an unlicensed cannabis farm and is littered with firearms, according to IndieWire.
Even darker are allegations against the actor of the grooming and physical abuse of 18-year-old environmental and Native American activist Tokata Iron Eyes.
According to an investigation conducted by Insider, Tokata’s parents, Chase Iron Eyes and Sara Jumping Eagle, say Miller has been “grooming” their daughter since she was 12.
The investigation reports that in 2016 Miller met then 12-year-old Tokata when they traveled to North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access pipeline. Since then, the actor has kept in touch with Tokata, often showing up at her house unannounced, according to the girls’ parents.
The actor also flew the young activist to the set of 2018’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in which the actor starred. In December of 2021, the pair were reportedly seen having sex on a bed outside when they were staying at a family friend’s house in South Dakota. Tokata has denied the claims.
The following month, while Tokata was staying at Miller’s home in Vermont, Miller called her parents to tell them that she was incapacitated after having taken LSD four days prior, according to Insider. When her parents arrived, they found Tokata to be badly bruised and “incoherent.” A witness told Tokata’s parents that they believed the bruising occurred when Miller pinned Tokata to the ground and screamed at her for failing to respond to a question.
In June, Ms. Iron Eye’s parents obtained a protection order for their daughter against Miller, Insider reports. Still, Tokata claims that she did not suffer any physical abuse from Miller and that the bruising was caused by self harm committed in response to a close friend’s death.
Oliver Ignatius, a friend and collaborator of Miller’s, who stayed with them and Tokata in Hawaii has alleged that Miller had been consistently verbally abusive to Tokata. He claimed that the actor would confiscate her phone “for her safety” and pressured her to change her name to Gibson.
Via text messages to Insider, Tokata said that Ignatius’ and her parent’s allegations were “a disgusting and irresponsible smear campaign” against Miller. She maintains that she was never groomed nor abused by Miller.
In the past six months, Miller has reportedly been wearing a bullet proof vest and at least one gun, citing fear of the FBI and the KKK. According to Insider, Tokata claimed the vest was “a fashionable safety measure in response to actual attacks and received death threats.”
Miller’s erratic behavior and many allegations have led a growing number of fans to call for them to be replaced in the upcoming DC film by Grant Gustin, who already plays the Flash on CW’s TV series, the New York Post reports.
“We have seen ‘The Flash,’ ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam 2,’” said Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav during the company’s Q2 earnings call on Thursday, just two days after the studio announced it was killing Batgirl. “We are very excited about them. We’ve seen them. We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.”
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