For a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seemingly outshined the DC Entertainment Universe at the theaters. From the success of the Avengers: Endgame to Chadwick Boseman’s performance as Black Panther, the MCU has become a part of the American lexicon in a way that DCEU has failed to do in many ways. With that said, the DCEU is not ready to give up just yet. Just last year, the entertainment universe bounced back with a solid performance from Robert Pattinson’s The Batman at the box office. More recently, James Gunn has made the very public decision to overhaul the entire creative direction of the DCEU.
Tonight, the world will get its look at the next chapter of the DCEU. Just a few weeks before the release of Shazam: Fury of the Gods, DCEU and company unveiled the first poster teasing the June release of The Flash. The graphic doesn’t offer too much regarding the plot, but it does feature Barry Allen standing on a small platform looking into the distance as a Batman-like fixture hangs above his head. At the bottom, DCEU makes sure to highlight the film’s June 16th release date.
The impending release of the film doesn’t come without a bit of backlash. Over the last few years, the film’s lead star, Ezra Miller, has been the focus of a number of headlines. Three years ago, Miller was accused of choking a woman outside of a bar in Iceland. Despite recordings of the violent act, no charges were filed. Less than a year ago, Miller was also arrested twice in Hawaii and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment. Not to be forgotten, they were cited for felony burglary in Vermont. There are also claims that he has several children living in an unsafe environment on his property in Hawaii. Despite the litany of accusations levied against him, film executives are considering making a sequel.
“The stuff that’s happening with Ezra Miller is, to me, a microcosm of Hollywood. There’s this person who’s a repeat offender, who’s been behaving atrociously, and as opposed to shutting them down and shutting the production down, there’s an effort to save the movie and them,” Issa Rae told Elle Magazine.
“That is a clear example of the lengths that Hollywood will go to to save itself and to protect offenders.”
— DC (@DCComics) February 10, 2023