It’s amazing what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has done to the DC Comics superhero movie world. Zack Snyder wound up taking the heat for the less-than-expected return at the box office and mixed reviews from fans, as well as being unseated as the de facto overseer of the DC Extended Universe, a position that seemingly fell into his lap. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has been brought in to co-run DC Films. Ben Affleck was made executive producer for the Justice League movie and will direct/write/star in his own solo Batman reboot.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith was originally tapped to direct ‘The Flash‘, but the studio and Grahame-Smith parted ways due to creative differences over the movie’s direction and production costs. Warner Bros. has chosen Dope writer/director Rick Famuyiwa to direct the DC Films/Warner Bros. solo movie ‘The Flash.’
It had been rumored for a while that Famuyiwa would be directing a DC film (someday, at least). It is still too early to tell if he will rework Grahame-Smith’s already written screenplay or if he’ll go with what Seth developed. One thing is for certain, this is the biggest movie of Famuyiwa’s filmography.
Lately there has been a slight shift with indie filmmakers given opportunities to prove themselves in a big screen production, and Famuyiwa is no exception. Famuyiwa has previously written and directed The Wood, Brown Sugar, Our Family Wedding, and Talk to Me.
Choosing Famuyiwa to direct this film is a great choice considering his resumé. Given his work on ‘Dope’ and ‘The Wood,’ the director would be ideal for this solo story featuring the Fastest Man Alive. Not only that, but it sets the stage for something not done since Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films for 20th Century Fox… having an African-American director in the driver’s seat for a film about a white superhero.
This is a good sign for the future of film making, as well as the superhero genre. Women have directed films with leads who are female and directors of color have done the same for superheroes of color. This move further illustrates that people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and whatnot, can be put into a top position in creating a film. Positions should be about talent, credentials and track record. Famuyiwa delivers just that.
The Flash stars Ezra Miller reprising his cameo role seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on March 16, 2018.
For Netflix subscribers, you can watch Dope now on the streaming service.
Synopsis for Dope, according to IMDB.com: A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an “only in Los Angeles” gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.