Rick Famuyiwa has become the second director – after Seth Grahame-Smith – to quit DC’s The Flash movie citing creative differences
The Dope and The Wood director issued this statement to 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, humour, 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.”
It’s definitely beginning to sound like Warners doesn’t like too much fun in its DC movies, doesn’t it. It’s a shame, because while Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure was no great loss (he’s been connected to so many out-and-out turkeys it’s a wonder he still gets hired) Famuyiwa was the kind of leftfield choice that has made the Marvel movies such a success.
Quite what this means for The Flash’s schedule is still unclear. Production was supposed to start in Spring 2017 for a 2018 release and Ezra Miller already has other filming commitments for later in the year. Either DC needs to find another directly quickly or the film could be delayed for quite a while.