It’s been a bad month for directors on high-profile superhero movies, but in the case of Warner Bros‘ The Flash, trouble with directors is par for the course. First there was LEGO Movie filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who despite still having a story credit, have moved on the Han Solo movie. Then there was Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but he seemed to get shuffled off in the fallout of Batman V Superman and its controversies. And then there was Rick Famuyiwa, director of Dope, he was supposed to offer the light touch the studio and fans wanted, but now even he is gone. But we know what you’re thinking: What does the Flash himself think?
While doing a roundtable for his next movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ezra Miller discussed the fallout of Famuyiwa’s sudden departure over creative differences on The Flash. “It’s deeply unfortunate, I’m very sad that things didn’t work out with Rick [Famuyiwa], but I also understand that these processes are complicated and really involve a lot of different factors,” Miller said. “I trust in the process and I really trust Warner Bros with this property and I’m really excited to do it — however it happens.”
Only the ever ambiguous “creative differences” has been cited as the reason for Famuyiwa’s departure, with no other details offered. Not only was the movie in an advanced state of casting, even recruiting Dope co-star Kiersey Clemmons as Iris West, but the film is supposed to start production fairly early in the new year, meaning that the new director, the fourth (or fifth if you count Lord and Miller as two), is going to have to get up to speed pretty quickly. Pun not intended, because this is pretty serious. A lot of people like what they’ve seen of The Flash so far, so there’s a lot of pressure on whoever takes up this project to deliver the elusive DC Comics product that’s a hit with fans, critics, and the box office.
The Flash will be in theatres everywhere on March 16, 2018.