Writer Seth Grahame-Smith was set to make his directorial debut on the film
The behind-the-scenes turmoil at Warner Bros. continues, as The Hollywood Reporter says The Flash movie has now lost its director.
Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, as well as the screenplays for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and the upcoming Lego Batman Movie, was originally planning to make The Flash movie his first directing effort.
No reason was given for Grahame-Smith’s departure other than the standard “creative differences,” which can mean almost anything.
Grahame-Smith also wrote the script for The Flash movie, based on an outline by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie). Apparently the movie will still be filming Grahame-Smith’s script, which makes his departure all the more strange.
There’s plenty of time to find a new director, though, as The Flash movie isn’t slated for release until March 16, 2018. Ezra Miller will star as Barry Allen/The Flash — a role he briefly played in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will reprise in The Justice League Part One, which is now filming.
There have been rumors recently that Warner Bros. executives are shaking things up after BvS under-performed at the box office. James Wan (The Conjuring 1&2) was reported to be feeling “trepidation” over the Aquaman movie he’s signed to direct, but took to Twitter to seemingly dispel those rumors.
Of course, the best option would be to scrap The Flash movie altogether. Making a feature film featuring the same title and characters as a hit television show that’s still in production, but with completely different actors, etc., is a ridiculous notion. Use the Flash in the Justice League movies if you must, but there is no need for a standalone film while The Flash is still a hit on The CW.
It’s cliché to compare the DC Extended Universe to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in this case it bears notice. Black Widow and Hawkeye have been part of the Avengers since the beginning, but neither have starred in their own standalone film. It’s an example that Warner Bros. would be wise to mimic.