Michael Shannon addresses ‘The Flash’ co-star Ezra Miller controversy
Michael Shannon offers sympathy for his ‘The Flash’ co-star.
Michael Shannon has opened up about the controversy surrounding his ‘The Flash’ co-star, Ezra Miller.
Shannon plays the villainous General Zod in the upcoming movie, with Miller playing the titular superhero, The Flash.
But in the months leading up to the film’s release, Miller found themselves in a number of controversial situations, and Shannon is offering words of support.
“It’s difficult to talk about”
In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Shannon was asked if there was “any noise” surrounding the movie’s impending release next month, and Shannon gave an honest answer.
“If you’re talking about Ezra, I thought Ezra was lovely—very kind to me when I was there,” Shannon began.
“It’s difficult to talk about, but I always give people a lot of slack in this business, because there’s a lot of people in this business that have issues.
“And some people have more privacy than others. Any time somebody is out in the spotlight getting picked on, I feel for them. Even if it’s warranted, it’s still a horrible situation.”
Shannon admits that he spent less time filming for ‘The Flash’, where he reprises his General Zod character from ‘Man of Steel’.
“It was a totally different experience than ‘Man of Steel’, which was months and months of my life, almost a year, if you count the training we did leading up to the shoot. Flash I was in and out of there in a couple of weeks,” he said of filming.
“I’m not looking at the trades every morning, keeping my finger on the pulse of things, but I know there’s been some issues. It seems like they’re ready to let it out,” he added.
Ezra Miller has apologized for past behavior
Miller was involved in a number of controversial situations throughout 2022 prior to the movie’s release, which raised concerns that the movie would be scrapped altogether.
Miller was arrested twice in Hawaii, which included causing a disturbance at a karaoke bar.
Since then, Miller has owned up to their behavior and seems focused on getting better.
“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,” Miller said in a statement via a rep to People in August 2022.
“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.”
When will ‘The Flash’ be released?
‘The Flash’ is slated to be released in theaters on June 16, 2023.