Let the puns and fear commence…
Two days ago it was reported and confirmed that a “dope” director, Rick Famuyiwa, has left Warner Bros. The Flash starring Ezra Miller. Originally, the film was after Lord and Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) and Seth Graham-Smith, but most of us were fine with that.
The split is reported to be due to some “seriously” creative differences which begs the question as to why the heck you bring on a director without being on the same page from the beginning. Famuyiwa dashed onto the scene in recent years with his critically acclaimed indie coming of age film Dope, hence the puns, and his work on it was promising for a fun and exciting Flash movie.
This will likely mean a serious delay for the film’s production and release date on DC and Warner Brothers slate and worries me as to what is going on with Warner Brothers scaring away directors. The issue with this project is starting to be similar to when Fox was meddling with the X-Men universe or with Fant4stic of recent years when instead they need to trust the directors they are bringing on.
Famuyiwa’s comments to THR were this;
“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.”
Famuyiwa went on to add even more class to the departure by saying;
“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.”
It all comes to a shock and disappointment fans of DC are getting way to used too. With the issue of WB not releasing the entirety of their films or just limiting what should be shown for the films to be successful, it’s becoming a problematic environment more and more. Apparently DC took to heart the comments about the “tone” of their films – which isn’t even the problem – and clashed with Famuyiwa’s desires to bring an edge to the Scarlett Speedster likely in reaction to critics claiming the films aren’t “fun”.