Through all the troubling rumors surrounding Warner Bros’ DC properties, such as the Aquaman solo-movie potentially losing its director James Wan, and this year’s Suicide Squad going through major re-shoots to fix its tone and story flow, the studio has done the right thing by sticking to their guns, keeping their head down, and making adjustments both on the creative side and executive side.
Whenever an upcoming superhero movie loses its director, its unfortunate. However, I think even the most skeptical fans of the DCEU can agree, Seth Grahame-Smith might not have been the best choice to helm The Flash solo-movie. He’s never directed a feature film (indie or blockbuster) and would’ve been competing with a successful TV show. I was never really confident in Grahame-Smith to handle a blockbuster of this magnitude, but that’s not to say he couldn’t someday. After a few weeks of searching for the right director, its been confirmed that Warner Bros has found their man in Rick Famuyiwa to helm The Flash movie. Here’s an quote from Deadline:
“Warner Bros is looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the start gate with.”
A name like Rick Famuyiwa doesn’t sound familiar, but his work as of late should. His most recent film Dope was a critical darling, and likely earned him the gig. I’m also a fan of his later film Brown Sugar which, like Dope, featured a coming-of-age tone. His track record isn’t perfect, but its suitable for what the DC development team has planned the solo-movie. I have confidence in a director like Famuyiwa, to be able to work with a young actor like Ezra Miller (as The Flash), in a film that will have a lighter tone than the DCEU’s first two entries. Don’t expect any rap music though.
Right now, The Flash movie has a talented young actor, a proven and capable director, and a finished script from Seth Grahame-Smith (based off a treatment from Phil Lord and Chris Miller). I’d say this movie has rebounded from its brief development delays. I’ll expect more casting announcements in the coming months.
sources: Deadline, Batman-News