'The Flash' Star Ezra Miller Is in Treatment for ‘Complex Mental Health Issues’

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Photo credit: John Lamparski - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Lamparski - Getty Images

Following a series of serious allegations and disparate clashes with law enforcement across multiple states, Ezra Miller has now been confirmed to be getting psychiatric help. The controversial actor, who has played Barry Allen in Warner Bros.' DC screen universe and is still expected to lead the standalone The Flash movie, just provided an update in a statement that was delivered to Variety via a spokesperson.

"Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," said Miller. "I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life."

The various controversies surrounding Miller began in 2020, when a video went viral in which the actor could be seen choking a woman outside a bar in Iceland. More recently, Miller was arrested for harassment and disorderly conduct in Hawaii, and for felony burglary in Vermont.

Miller's increasingly erratic and criminal behavior has posed quite the headache for Warner Bros., which is in the middle of restructuring and made the controversial decision to go ahead with releasing The Flash in 2023 despite its star's tarnished reputation, while simultaneously shelving Batgirl.

Some online commentators have speculated that Miller's statement foreshadows an effort to rehabilitate their image and get their career back on track ahead of a press tour for the movie. According to Variety, the studio "supports" Miller's decision to pursue treatment.

However, while Miller's mental health issues may be very real, that does not provide a catchall excuse for the allegations of harassment that remain ongoing. Nor does this apology specifically address the people they have harmed through their criminal actions, instead opting to direct their apology more nebulously to anyone who has been "alarmed" or "upset" by them. Or as a cynic might put it: ticket-buying movie-goers.

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