There have been a number of shake-ups at Warner Bros. ever since Batman v Superman came up a bit short commercially and critically. Executives have been shuffled around and new divisions have been created to focus exclusively on the future of DC Comics movies. One of the very first changes made post-BvS was the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith from the director’s chair on The Flash. At the time creative differences were cited as the reason, but it didn’t take long for sources to say it was actually because the studio got cold feet handing off such a high-profile project to a first time director.
Now Warner Bros. has found a director with a few features under his belt, and while the name may not ring bells, it is an exciting choice. Rick Famuyiwa will direct The Flash.
Famuyiwa’s was behind the 2015 Sundance breakout Dope, but he also recently directed the HBO movie Confirmation and is well respected for the 1999 comedy The Wood. He’s a totally unexpected, left-field choice for a superhero movie, but that’s precisely why he’s such an interesting choice. He is far from a standard director for hire who could be plugged into any random blockbuster. He’s got an indie comedy background and his landing the job feels not unlike Marvel’s inspired hiring of Taika Waititi to direct Thor: Ragnarok.
The Flash will still star Ezra Miller, who briefly appeared in Batman v Superman. It’s unclear as of right now if they’ll be retaining Seth Grahame-Smith’s exact script, but it is expected that the movie will still be based off of a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Either way, that’s a confident mix of names and the March 16, 2018 release date means everyone involved has plenty of time to get everything just right.