The Flash can’t seem to hold on to a director. First Seth Grahame-Smith, who also co-wrote the screenplay [which has no doubt changed a great deal since] with Gardner Fox, dropped out in April. Now, his replacement Rick Famuyiwa has also left the project. The reason? Yes, you’ve guessed it. “Creative differences”. He issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about his exit:
“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”.
He doesn’t elaborate, but rumours are circulating that Famuyiwa wanted a darker, edgier vision for the film than Warner Bros. [still smarting over the extremely mixed response to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and having lightened up Suicide Squad possibly to its detriment] wished for.
Ezra Miller, who made his big-screen debut as the Flash in Batman v Superman, is still on board to star, along with Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup and Ray Fisher reprising his role as Cyborg, but there is talk that scheduling issues may require some recasting.