Those who were excited to see director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Brown Sugar) direct the upcoming Flash movie in the DCEU will be disappointed to hear that he has, unfortunately, pulled out due to creative differences with the studio.
It’s shocking news for comic book fans. First we lost Tim Miller for Deadpool 2 and now it seems like Ezra Miller’s Flash is without a director too. THR reports that Rick Famuyiwa’s vision of the fastest hero alive clashed with WB because Famuyiwa wanted to make a movie with a lot more edge.
Dope director Rick Famuyiwa joined The Flash earlier this year after the project parted ways with previous director Seth Grahame-Smith. Famuyiwa has been developing The Flash movie since June and brought on actors Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup. The director has also been regularly engaged with fans on social networks about the upcoming movie, which would include Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
Filming was set to begin this March for a 2018 release, but with his departure, it’s speculated the release date for The Flash may be pushed back way back. What this means for the DCEU is anyone’s guess. Most comic book films follow a fairly linear story between the different characters. If one of them is delayed, it might mean that the others would be delayed too.
Rick Famuyiwa released the following statement about his departure from The Flash:
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.