Famed geek filmmaker brings a sense of humility to his Flash directing effort
Tonight’s the night when we finally get to see indie director Kevin Smith’s episode of The Flash, titled “The Runaway Dinosaur.” Written by superhero vet Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor), the episode will see Barry trapped in the speed force and trying desperate to return home.
In a new interview with ComicBook.com, Smith talks about the process of directing The Flash and what he brought to the role:
“Your position as director is one of opinion and suggestion — and also cheerleading, and that’s what I brought to it in a big, bad way. I was so f–king enthusiastic, man. It rubs off; it’s infectious. I was always worried it’d be irritating for people, like ‘Jesus, this guy likes the show too much.’ But they all like the show, too, so they were happy to have an outsider in there who’s such a fan.
…I’m in there not going ‘Let me show you how to make this f—ing show.’ They know how to make it, as they do well every week.
At one point, we were driving around in a locations van and they’re like ‘Anybody want a coffee?’ And I was like, ‘Let’s go to Jitters. I want a ‘Flash.” And the locations dude was like, ‘It’s really nice to have somebody who’s an actual fan of the show on the show. It’s weird that you know the coffee is called ‘The Flash.” And it’s because I live for this s–t. I watch it, it’s my entertainment.
So I’m in there not going ‘Let me show you how to make this f—ing show.’ They know how to make it, as they do well every week. And I didn’t go up there going, ‘I want to put my signature on it.'”
Smith goes on to reveal that he was initially hesitant to even allow his friend and frequent co-star Jason Mewes to appear in the episode:
“Jason Mewes is in this episode, and at one point I fought his casting becuase I was like, ‘I want this show to not stand out. I want people to not go ‘Oh, Kevin Smith directed this.” Because I came up wanting to do The Flash, not ‘Kevin Smith’s The Flash.’ So I almost talked him out of it — I was like, ‘you know, we probably should keep it Jay-free.’ But he’s such a fan of The CW in general — that show particularly, but all of The CW shows, particularly the Berlanti shows, that it would have been so f—ed up for me to be like, ‘Dude, I just want this to be pure, so I’m leaving you out of it.’ So the nice thing is, he’s in there, but he doesn’t distract that much. Just a fun little kind of cameo.”
Like many fans, Smith considers The Flash Season One finale to be the pinnacle of the series, and says “The Runaway Dinosaur” is highly influenced by that story:
I knew at that point that I couldn’t f–k it up, then it only became a matter of how much can you elevate this? The fact of the matter is, cast and crew elevated it.
“Now that the pictures are out, people know: Barry’s mom is in the episode, so it’s kind of like a sequel to the season finale. And as a massive fan of that episode, it was like being dealt a royal flush at a poker table. I sat down to be like, ‘Well I can try my hand at that,’ but it’s like being dealt a royal flush and you’re like ‘You’re kidding. My episode is Barry and his mom, Barry in the Speed Force?’ I was set, dude. I knew at that point that I couldn’t f–k it up, then it only became a matter of how much can you elevate this? The fact of the matter is, cast and crew elevated it.”
For much, much more from Smith, do yourself a favor and check out the entire interview at ComicBook.com. The humility displayed by Smith and his praise and support of the cast and crew is truly inspiring.
The Flash airs tonight at 8/7c on The CW. We’ll have full coverage leading up to the episode, and we’ll be live-tweeting while it airs. So be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for all the latest!