Well, DC is in a bit of a pickle. Coming off of the poorly reviewed Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, there is an immense amount of pressure for the subsequent films to be a step up for audiences and critics alike. Because of that, there has been a certain amount of shuffling behind the scenes. The standalone version of The Flash has had a notoriously difficult time nailing down a director, as Seth Grahame-Smith originally was attached to the project, only to be replaced by Dope‘s Rick Famuyiwa. However, The Hollywood Reporter announced on Monday that Famuyiwa has also exited the project, leaving the Scarlet Speedster once again without a hand at the helm.
In a statement made to THR, Famuyiwa cites good old fashioned “creative differences.”
“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.”
Many were excited to see Famuyiwa’s fresh take on the superhero genre, so this is a real disappointment for fans. This shake up will also likely delay the film’s release. Ezra Miller and the rest of the Justice League have taken the poor reviews in stride, looking to turn a creative corner in the new wave of DC films, so hopefully a new director will board the project and help them achieve the greatness we know is in there somewhere.