Hockey jersey enthusiast/divisive film figure Kevin Smith is headed to The CW this spring and it won’t be for a Silent Bob cameo on Jane The Virgin. Nope, the master of the View Askewniverse is headed to The Flash to direct an episode of the DC Comics superhero series.
Word that Smith would be putting his comic book bonafides to work helming a future installment of the program was revealed yesterday during the Television Critics Association’s press tour. The Garden State export is no stranger to writing for comics (he’s put in work for both DC and Marvel offerings), but this is his first go-around directing an episode of a superhero-driven series. Considering the robust numbers The Flash does on The CW, Smith should have a lot of eyeballs glued to whatever the finished product is.
Here’s what series executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had to say about getting Smith onboard as a director:
“I literally got a phone call from his agent saying, ‘Kevin Smith’s favorite show is The Flash’ and was there an episode for him and the answer was ‘yes.’ It was really that simple,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “I know what a fan he is. I’m such a huge fan of his work. And it was funny because I just watched The Death of Superman Lives, it was serendipitous having him in my head again. I loved the movie Dogma and the show Reaper too, which he directed the pilot for. And obviously there’s a good deal of publicity that comes with this and as responsible executive producers we have to look at that. But we would never look at that at the expense of our own show. Knowing the scrutiny that the episode is going to be under, I know he’s going to bring it to his fullest.”
It hasn’t been made clear just yet if The Flash will also be getting Smith to double as a writer on the upcoming episode, so we can all do that fun thing of making BOLD PROCLAMATIONS about if we’ll watch whenever that announcement shakes out. (Maybe extra details will bubble up on a future edition of Comic Book Men?) By the way, The Flash returns to The CW on January 18.