The trailer for DC’s latest blockbuster, The Flash, premiered during Sunday night’s Super Bowl but received backlash online.
— The Flash (@theFlash) February 12, 2023
The trailer shows Ezra Miller’s title character travelling through time to prevent the murder of his mother but unwittingly creating a multiverse in the process.
It is Miller’s first standalone movie as the superfast hero since appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.
A string of controversies surrounding Miller, including arrests and reports of erratic behaviour from Hawaii to Vermont, has delayed the film’s release.
Many fans are looking forward to seeing Michael Keaton’s Batman. However, many others are sceptical about Miller’s involvement due to his recent arrests and controversial behaviour.
Ezra Miller has found themselves at the centre of various legal issues over the past few months. Most recently, they reportedly pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge in Vermont.
Due to Miller’s alleged actions, many social media users have called for a boycott of the movie.
Following the trailer’s release, one person wrote on Twitter: “Boycott the Flash.” “Don’t give Ezra Miller your money or attention. #BoycottTheFlash.’
A second person added: ‘Nope. I HOPE it does sooo bad #BoycottTheFlash,’ while another social media user echoed: ‘It doesn’t matter if the movie is good, bad or even the best DCEU film ever, I WILL NOT watch it because of Ezra Miller.’
Another person wrote: “I could have everyone on this hell site tell me that the trailer for The Flash movie is the greatest movie trailer of all time, and as long as Ezra Miller is attached, I will not be watching the movie or anything that has to do with it.”
Journalist Carolyn Hinds wrote: “Michael Keaton…I love his Batman, but not enough to overlook or ignore the fact that The Flash in this film is played by Ezra Miller, who has yet to face any consequences for the harm caused and violence done to people, including minors, around the world. It’s still NO for me.”
If The Flash does poorly at the box office, Miller will not be the only one impacted. The film’s cast includes Michael Shannon’s General Zod from Man of Steel and the debut of Sasha Calle’s Supergirl and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Antje Traue and Maribel Verdú.