The Scarlet Speedster can't seem to pick up the pace in the #DCEU. While Ezra Miller's Flash is making his debut in the upcoming Zack Snyder #JusticeLeague movie, the standalone Flash movie can't find a director. Former Spider-Man directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb reportedly both turned down the job, adding to a list that already included Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope).
Now the names being tossed around are Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class) and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), but there's another name that producers should keep in mind: Kevin Smith. The Dogma director has expressed major interest, tweeting that he wouldn't pass on #TheFlash:
A Comic Book Man Is What 'The Flash' Needs
Kevin Smith may not have gotten the opportunity to make his version of Superman — as documented in The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? — but he's proven himself with the Flash already on The CW. In 2016 Smith directed The Flash Season 2, Episode 21, titled "The Runaway Dinosaur."
According to Smith himself, The Flash fans weren't sure about the announcement ("F--k him, he's an idiot, why do they let him near a camera?" Smith jokingly paraphrased), but the episode was a hit. He was invited back to direct the episode "Killer Frost," and a pair of Supergirl episodes, "Supergirl Lives" and "Distant Sun."
Smith's classic films such as Clerks and Chasing Amy prove that he knows how to direct with humor and emotion, and his passion for DC's characters shines through. He gets it, and really made it feel like Barry and Kara were saving the world.
DC And Silent Bob Make A Great Team
Of course, Kevin Smith would have to share creative control with DCEU head Geoff Johns and the Warner Bros. team. Fortunately, he's able to bring someone else's vision to life. During an interview with Variety about joining the Arrowverse, he explained the importance of not screwing up something that's already in place:
"The style of the show is already set. You can’t change that. And all these actors know what they’re doing and know more about their character than any visiting director can possibly know. At the end of the day, there is not much you can bring to it to change it, or ruin it."
In the past, Smith has expressed his willingness to compromise in order to make a great superhero movie. In the 2011 video below, Smith described how his eagerness to make #Superman made him open to studio changes:
Though Superman Lives never got made, Smith went on to prove that he was more than capable of taking a readymade script and adding his own take on it. That's exactly what he did when he got an opportunity to work on The CW's The Flash and Supergirl.
Smith proved, in his short four-episode stint with The CW, that he's the right director for DC's more lighthearted heroes. His passion for comics gives him major bonus points. He is exactly what the DCEU needs for The Flash.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.