It’s been a rocky road for Ezra Miller’s The Flash to his own solo movie. The film has lost not one, but two directors since being announced — and that second one departed over a year ago. Well, the few of you actually excited for this movie (tentatively titled Flashpoint) may have a ray of hope now, as there may be finally someone in charge again.
It’s being reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are now in talks to take over directing the movie. The two are probably best known for writing the Marvel and Sony joint venture Spider-Man: Homecoming, and are arguably a pretty solid pair to take on the project should things not fall through.
I don’t know — I’ve been opposed to a standalone Flash movie from the beginning. I mean, there is a successful television series out there digging through stories, and while it takes place in an alternate timeline than the films I have a hard time seeing the film do anything other than retread ground the series has already covered. They literally did a Flashpoint set of episodes for pete’s sake. I like Ezra Miller as the Flash, but I think he’s best used as a character making appearances in other characters’ movies.
But, y’know, that’s what would make sense — and unless it involves Wonder Woman, Warner Bros rarely does things that make sense on the big screen.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
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The DCEU film based on The Flash starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen isn’t exactly having the easiest time making it to screen. Last May saw the departure of the film’s first director Seth Grahame-Smith. A replacement was found though, and the film moved forward into preproduction.
Well, the film has hit another set back now, as Grahame-Smith’s replacement, Rick Famuyiwa, has now left the project as well. Famuyiwa told The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
This is kind of a big deal, because The Flash was supposed to have a March 2018 release date. Replacing the director at this stage has a good chance of changing that, which could alter the entire post-Justice League film release schedule.
I guess we’ll find out.
Things are a little rough in the DCEU waters. Warner Bros has built their whole plan around the anticipated success of Batman v. Superman that never materialized. And while their hopes are far from sunk (with massive buzz over Wonder Woman and some of the other planned films), the studio seems to be fairly concerned that future films may end up going off the rails.
It’s in this atmosphere of increased studio control that director Seth Grahame-Smith has left the forthcoming Flash movie. The as-of-yet untitled Flash movie (which will star Ezra Miller and is unrelated to the ongoing The Flash TV series currently on The CW) was also supposed to be written by Grahame-Smith as well, but it’s unknown whether or not he actually submitted a script yet.
There was some concern that James Wan was departing the Aquaman movie, but Wan has firmly denied those rumors. The biggest problem facing the DC film franchise is that there is not central figure guiding it like Marvel’s Kevin Feige. The studio in many ways was leaning on director Zack Snyder for creative direction, but anyone with any foresight knew that was a terrible idea.
Because, y’know, Snyder couldn’t string together a story together if it bit him on the ass.
No word on who will take over the Flash movie, although it remains on the schedule for March 16, 2018.
Via MoviePilot.com, Screenrant