The Flash Movie Loses Another Director


Despite the relative financial success of both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it’s been a tough year for Warner Brothers and the DC Universe on the big screen. Both movies were hit hard by critics and received a mixed response from fans, forcing the studio into damage control mode ever since. There does seem to be hope for some of their upcoming films, which are supposedly aiming to be a little more fun and colourful. Unfortunately, this week it would seem that the DC Cinematic Universe has hit another roadblock as director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) has announced that he will no longer be helming The Flash solo movie. Here’s the full statement from Famuyiwa about his departure:

“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 Bros., DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”

The official reason being cited is “creative differences” although THR reports that Famuyiwa’s edgy take on the character clashed with the studio’s vision. We had heard previously that Cyborg would likely have a major role in the movie as well and that it would be a buddy comedy of sorts. Considering that Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote the original treatment for the film, that kind of makes sense.

Famuyiwa is the second director to leave the project after Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) decided to step down earlier this year. At the time, there were also rumours that James Wan was on the verge of leaving Aquaman, but he never did. Either way, it’s probably not a good sign that Warner Brothers is having trouble retaining their directors and it’s possible that this will delay the movie, which is scheduled to hit theatres on March 16th, 2018. Are you disappointed by this news? Who else would you like to see direct The Flash?

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  • Lance

    Can someone explain to me why studios even bother hiring a director like Famuyiwa to direct a movie like this? I’m not too familiar with his work, other than True Detective, but he seems like a filmmaker with a “voice” of some sort. Warner Bros. clearly knows what kind of movie they want to make, especially when it needs to tie in with all the other movies in the DCEU. Just hire a jobber like Jon Turteltaub, tell him what to direct and be done with it.

  • Brad2100

    Famuyiwa had nothing to do with TD. You’re thinking of Cary Joji Fukunaga.

  • Brad2100

    Famuyiwa had nothing to do with TD, you’re thinking of Cary Joji Fukunaga.

  • Sam

    Your thinking of Cary Fukunaga, this is Rick Famuyiwa, director of Brown Sugar, The Wood, Our Family Wedding, and most recently Dope. And outside of Dope, seems potentially jobber-ish.

  • LordAwesome

    Hey, they’re all the same, right?

  • ReelJunkie

    DCU heading for a crash and burn

  • ReelJunkie

    Crash and burn baby!