The Devil and Ezra Miller

The troubling timeline of DC’s current marquee superhero star

Ezra Miller
Ezra Miller and Ezra Miller star in ‘The Flash’.

The Flash is almost on the big screen, but not a lot of people are happy about it, or its main star.

After a quick rise to fame in indie films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and big franchise hits like the Fantastic Beasts series, Ezra Miller, who uses they/them pronouns, took on the role of Barry Allen, AKA The Flash, in Joss Whedon’s Justice League

Miller has also been linked to several incidents of alleged grooming, abuse and harassment over the last six years, causing fans to question if the actor should even be part of the DC universe to being with. Those questions are also asked as a contrast to the way Marvel sidelined Jonathan Majors after the recent domestic abuse accusations against the Kang the Conqueror actor. 

Here’s everything that’s happened with Ezra Miller so far.


July 23, 2017: Ezra Miller kisses a fan on the mouth to prove they aren’t drunk at a San Diego Comic Con event. 

Feb. 2020: At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, filming on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dubledore halts. Miller stays at an Airbnb in Iceland with several other “artists, expats and spiritual confidants,” according to a Business Insider report. One anonymous woman compared the the house to a “commune.” Several people who lived there said they were afraid of Miller’s emotional outbursts.

April 5, 2020: Miller is seen on video appearing to choke a woman at bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. She didn’t file charges.

April 2020: After the Reykjavik incident, Miller rents out part of a hotel in Iceland to record music with local musicians. He reportedly starts a relationship with an 18-year-old woman, who called Miller “super manipulative”: “They kind of had us all under their finger. They were able to twist and pull everything that I thought I knew about the world.”

March 27, 2022: Hawaii police arrest Miller and charge him with disorderly conduct after a physical altercation at a karaoke bar. Police said Miller became “agitated” when customers started singing “Shallow” from A Star is Born. A couple that lives with Miller at a hostel pays their $500 bail. Charges are later dropped.

March 29, 2022: That same couple couple files a restraining order against Miller, saying that Miller returned home after the karaoke bar incident and threatened them, saying “I will bury you and your slut wife.” They also accuse Miller of stealing the wife’s passport and the husband’s wallet, containing his credit cards, Social Security card and driver’s license. The restraining order is dropped in mid-April.

April 6, 2022: DC execs meet to figure out what to do about their growing Ezra Miller problem. “According to a knowledgeable source, the consensus in the room was to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller including possible appearances in the DC Extended Universe,” Rolling Stone reported.

April 19, 2022: Hawaii police arrest Miller again, this time for allegedly throwing a chair at a woman, hitting her in the head. They release him after an arrest during a traffic stop. The woman drops the charges in 2023.

June 16, 2022: The Daily Beast publishes an article where an alleged victim of Miller’s, a 12-year-old nonbinary child from Massachusetts, says they were targeted by Miller. The day before, a judge granted the child and their mother a temporary harassment prevention order against Miller. The family claims Miller “menaced the family” and acted inappropriately toward the child at a neighborhood event back in February 2022.

According to a neighbor, Miller started harassing the family at the event after the child’s mother called her friends “her tribe,” which led a reportedly intoxicated Miller to accuse the woman of cultural appropriation. At one unrelated point later in the night, Miller reportedly bandished a gun.

Miller then reportedly told the parents they were going mentor their then-11-year-old child. “I’ve talked extensively with your child, and they have a lot of power to them. At one point, you’re going to realize that you don’t have any control over them anymore. They’re an elevated being, and they would be lucky to have someone like me guide them,” Miller said, according to the neighbor, mother, and child. 

Miller also reportedly asked the mother if she would like to drink Mller’s blood and tried to ask to follow the child on Instagram and hugged the child and touched the child’s hips, while promising they would buy horses for them to raise at a farm in Vermont. 

Miller later returned to the house dressed as a cowboy and apologized, according to the Daily Beast. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

June 23, 2022: A Rolling stone article reveals that a 25-year-old woman and her three children ages one to five, have all been living with Miller at a Vermont farm. Sources say the home has unattended guns in the living room and mature marijuana plants growing on the farm.

June 30, 2022: A woman tells Variety that Miller harassed her in Germany in February 2022, two years after the two of them had a consensual sexual encounter. 

Aug. 8, 2022:  Vermont State Police charge Miller with “offense of felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling.” Miller later pleads not guilty in October, and accepts the court’s deal to not contact the people who lived there ever again. 

Later in January 2023, Miller pleads guilty to the misdemeanor unlawful trespass charge in a plea deal. They get one year probation and a $692 fine. All other charges are dropped.

Aug. 15, 2022: Miller issues a statement through a representative, apologizing for past actions and saying they are being treated for “complex health issues.”

Jan. 30, 2023: DC boss James Gunn says The Flash is “probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.” 

June 12, 2023: Miller attends the premiere of The Flash and gives their only public comment about their multiple controversies, thanking Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Film Group leaders Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy and DC bosses Gunn and Peter Safran for their “grace and discernment and care in the context of my life. And in bringing this moment to fruition.”

June 16, 2023: The Flash releases wide. Will audiences care? 

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Jake Harris

Jake Harris is a Texas-based journalist whose writing about pop culture and entertainment has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Nashville Scene and more. You can find more of his writings at or through his pop culture newsletter, Jacob's Letter.

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