Much talk has been made about the future of the DC Universe, especially after a shaky 2016 slate. Both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad were universally panned by critics and disappointed most audiences. With both films being essential building blocks, Warner Brothers is becoming extra-protective with their universe.
Perhaps a sign of that studio involvement is the latest news on the standalone Flash movie. Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has left the project, with it being reported that “creative differences” led to his departure. Famuyiwa gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter following the news:
“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 Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
It’s good to know that the two parties departed on good terms, but it gives me mixed emotions to see him go. Dope showed that Famuyiwa was a director with an incredibly inventive voice, incorporating a great deal of style and swagger despite a small budget. It’s a shame that we will never get to see his vision of the Flash character.
However, his departure could be for the better. So many indie directors turned blockbuster filmmakers have failed due to the huge increase in scale. Not only that, but studio’s have continued to fiddle with director’s visions even after agreeing on something. For the two sides to make the split now before anything negative happened is best for both sides.
Now the question comes of who should direct this Flash film. In theory, it all comes down to the tone that Warner Brothers wants to establish with the film. I hope they choose someone with a fresh voice who can really add to the characters, as well as trust in the vision of whomever they select.