Warner Bros. has prided themselves on the fact that their DC Cinematic Universe is more “filmmaker-driven”, in contrast with the more studio run approach to Marvel Studios. Well once again a piece of news has appeared to prove otherwise.
In a surprising turn of events, director Rick Famuyiwa has left The Flash, citing “creative differences” with the studio. This makes Famuyiwa the third director to exit the project, following Seth Grahame-Smith and duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Dope director had more of an “edgier vision” for the famous speedster, which apparently clashed with the studio’s vision for the film.
Famuyiwa issued a statement regarding the matter:
“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 Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
This does not bode well for The Flash. The film was originally primed to start shooting in just a few months in order to hit its March 2018 release date. I feel a delay might be the best course of action, lest WB risking rushing the product, delivering yet another sub-par DCEU offering. On the other hand, Ezra Miller has a busy schedule coming up next year, so who knows when he’d be available to lead the film? Can Warner Brothers afford such a sizable delay?
This news also speaks volumes of the supposed “filmmaker-driven” DCEU. After their reported edit-room butchering of both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, and their revolving door situation of directors with The Flash, it’s becoming more and more clear that this filmmaker-driven universe is anything but. The DCEU is having quite the rough go.
We’ll keep you updated once new information regarding the project becomes available.