Just as things were moving forward with the DCEU, The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, has hit another bump in the road. Earlier this year, Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa signed on to direct the standalone film based on the Scarlet Speedster, replacing Seth Grahame-Smith, who had departed in April. In fact, the director was featured with his fellow DCEU directors at the Warner Bros. panel at the San Diego Comic-Con just this year. Now comes word that Famuyiwa is also stepping away from the project, and for the exact same reasons that made Grahame-Smith leave.
More on the story below.
The Hollywood Reporter says Famuyiwa and WB split due to creative differences over the project. This comes after the director said he was excited to be adding a new voice to the comic book world. The director was also responsible for bringing in Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup to play Iris West and Henry Allen, respectively.
While blockbuster tentpole movies losing its director is common, it’s not without its problems. The Flash is expected to begin filming March 2017, for a March 2018 release. However, Famuyiwa’s departure could delay the film’s start date and thus have an adverse effect on the release of the film because Miller has a commitment in July. It’s also not clear how this may affect some of the other members of the cast and their schedules.
Here’s what the director told THR:
“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day.
I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor, and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view. I wish Warner Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
As aforementioned, Famuyiwa is the second director to leave the project following Grahame-Smith. The directors would have been working on a treatment written by The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were at one point considered to direct The Flash before they went off to direct the Untitled Young Han Solo Standalone film.
It’s not clear as to what kind of creative differences caused the split between the two parties, but sources say that Famuyiwa’s vision may have had a little bit more edge than what WB would have wanted.
Miller made his debut as The Flash in a cameo scene for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and made another cameo scene in Suicide Squad. He would have had a larger role in Justice League where he would have joined Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Victor Stone), and Aquaman (Jason Moama), before heading off for his own standalone film.
It should be interesting to see how WB will approach the situation. It’st not as though rushing to find a replacement would hurt the film, as Marvel experienced something similar when Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, leaving Peyton Reed to direct in his place.