DC Comics is getting a makeover in 2023, but before the New Year begins, we got to address the craziest that happened in 2022. With arrests, cancellations, delays, and change of CEOs a lot can happen. Do you remember exactly what happened in the DC world of comics? Let’s get a refresher!
Ezra Miller Gets Arrested Again (and Again)
March and April
The Flash actor, Ezra Miller from the DC Extended Universe was arrested in Hawaii on numerous occasions. In mid-March, it was for obstruction on a highway. Police stated, “was uncooperative and refused to leave the area and continued to obstruct a sidewalk.”
Later in the month, they were arrested for disorderly conduct. Miller was acting violent while at a karaoke bar. They supposedly became “agitated” because people were singing. Their first offense was cussing out and grabbing a microphone from a young woman which resulted in the disorderly conduct offense. After, they lunged at a man who was playing darts which got them the harassment offense.
The day after they posted bond for those criminal charges, a couple filed a restraining order against Miller. Allegedly the actor had broken into their home, threatened to murder them, and stolen some belongings.
Things got progressively worse and worse for Miller. In April, they were arrested under the charges of second-degree assault because they allegedly did not want to leave a residency. As a result, this time, Miller threw a chair at a woman’s forehead, causing a half-inch cut on her forehead. Their behavior did not get any better, as they continued to be mixed with more and more legal troubles.
By August, Miller released a statement saying they are seeking help, and that they hope to move forward with Warner Brothers for The Flash movie. Because of their erratic behavior and other external variables, the movie has been pushed into the summer of 2023.
DC Gets Mixed Up With The Amber Heard Trial
During mid-2022, America witnessed the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial. In a legal dispute, Depp and Heard were in a war over who was defamed more than the other. Heard claimed because of Depp’s deposition opposing his claims of sexual and physical abuse, her role was thus limited in the Aquaman sequel.
The DC Films head claimed that Heard’s chemistry with her co-star Jason Momoa was the prime concern over her role as Mera. The president of DC films, Walter Hamada, was put on the stand. He stated Heard’s character was never portrayed as a co-lead in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, so her role was never reduced.
“The size of the role of the film that she has was determined in the early development of the script, which would have happened in 2018 I would say. The character’s involvement in the story was sort of what it was from the beginning.”
“From the early stages of development of the script, the movie was built around the character of Arthur and the character Orm. Arthur is Jason Momoa and Orm being Patrick Wilson. They were always the co-leads of the movie.”
In the end, Hamada and the production team on the set of Aquaman did not believe the chemistry read well on screen between Heard and Momoa, and they had to work on the editing as a way to compensate for this loss. Hamada further stated Heard’s involvement with Depp in the lawsuit had no impact on her work– rather it is her lack of compatibility with Momoa on screen.
In early August, Batgirl was already in post-production when news broke that the movie would no longer be released on HBO Max or in theaters.
The initial reason for the movie cancellation was Warner Bros and Discovery merging into a new streaming service. Warner Bros instead used Batgirl as a tax write-off rather than releasing it because financially WB would get more money.
Now the real reason why it was pulled during post-production (which is a very real and serious action considering how much time and money was spent on it) is hard to pinpoint. Some sources say that the audience scores were poor, while the latter state that they were good. Rather, the studio wanted to release “blockbuster scale” movies.
James Gunn takes over DCEU
Director James Gunn and producer Peter Safran became co-chairs and co-CEOs of Warner Bros DC Studios. DC Studios is a new department that will be replacing DC Films which will oversee all DC projects pertaining to films, TV, and animation. Considering Gunn’s success with Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 and 2 and The Suicide Squad, Gunn may be the one to change DC to a better direction. But with Gunn’s new role… he’s broken a few hearts.
Superman Returns … and Exits
October and December
Henry Cavill surprised the world at the end credit scenes in Black Adam. His cameo brought hope for another Man of Steel movie in the woodworks, and Cavill was totally on board.
This was until James Gunn gunned (get the pun) down the return of Cavill as Superman.
“Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”James Gunn, @JamesGunn on Twitter
So, sadly, Cavill had to retake his initial excitement with a bittersweet note he posted on Instagram:
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Wonder Woman 3 Cancellation
Shortly after Gal Gadot’s tweet:
It was announced that Wonder Woman 3 was no longer moving forward. It appears Gunn and Sanfran are completely changing the next phase of the DCEU. After Patty Jenkins gave her treatment of the script, it was revealed that there were no plans for Wonder Woman 3.
Unlike Marvel, DC was filled with a lot of tragedies and failures. Although, Marvel had a few flops of phase 4 in the MCU and Morbius… DC has a plethora of mistakes. As the year wraps up, let’s pray DC will get its act together. For more DC related content, see how we commemorate Kevin Conroy’s life here.