Yesterday, director Rick Famuyiwa announced his departure from Warner Bros.' The Flash movie, set for release in 2018. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, here's what Famuyiwa had to say about his departure from the project:
"When I was approached by Warner Bros. and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day.
"I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. 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 Bros., DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force."
Famuyiwa is the second director to leave the project following Seth Grahame-Smith's exit in May. Now that Warners is looking for someone else to helm the project, here are a few suggestions for the next director of The Flash.
No one can deny that Deadpool was an extremely fun, kickass movie. Tim Miller is the man who made it happen (not to undercut Ryan Reynolds' extreme dedication, of course). Not too long ago, reports of Miller quitting Deadpool 2 surfaced. The Flash would be a perfect match for Miller and his, er, flashy style, as the director could create a hilarious, fun, unique movie around the Scarlet Speedster.
Another reason why he would be a good choice is his faithfulness to the source material, as demonstrated with Deadpool. Unarguably, Deadpool was a delightfully perfect representation of the character from the comics, and I believe Miller will maintain the same level of faithfulness to the Flash's rich comic history.
Phil Lord And Christopher Miller
The guys behind 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller know how to direct a crazy, fun movie for sure. They could use their creative talent to create something unique and innovative, a quality much desired in this golden age of comic book movies. While 21 Jump Street was a solid, entertaining film, The Lego Movie was a surprisingly funny, heartwarming story.
The duo also wrote the initial story for The Flash, so it would make sense that they direct the movie, having such a familiarity with the content already. With a shaky start to this universe, Warner Bros. could really use these two talented directors.
Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to comic book or action movies, having directed X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Kick-Ass among others.
All three movies were beloved by fans and critics alike, while they each upped the previous one in terms of action, tension and character depth. Vaughn would do an excellent job with The Flash, as it's the kind of witty, fun-loving, light-hearted character he excels at bringing to life. And if the fight scenes in Kingsman and Kick-Ass are anything to go by, Vaughn could really bring a new, exceptional twist to the traditional slo-mo that's so popularly utilized to depict speedsters on the big screen.
Although The Flash was set to begin filming in the new year, the departure of Famuyiwa will likely push the production back for Warner Bros. On the bright side, that would mean some reshuffling of the DCEU movie slate, which could see Aquaman — directed by horror maestro James Wan — and Ben Affleck's highly anticipated The Batman pushed forward.
The Flash is set to hit cinemas on March 16, 2018. Aquaman is set for theaters on July 27, 2018. The Batman has yet to receive an official release date. But before all of them, expect to see Justice League on November 17, 2017. Get excited with the sneak peek at all the characters below.
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