In a peculiar turn of events for the DC Extended Universe, The Flash director Rick Famuyiwa has abruptly left the film, meaning Barry Allen’s first outing in the DCEU could well be slowed down. That’s definitely not in the spirit of the fastest man alive.
Famuyiwa, who recently made a lot of people very happy with his excellent coming-of-age Sundance hit Dope, departed The Flash after experiencing ‘creative differences’ with Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The director had been on board with the project since June, developing the film and even bringing Dope star Kiersey Clemons along as Barry Allen’s love interest Iris West.
“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,” Famuyiwa told THR.
“I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor,” he continued. “I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humour 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, [producers] Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and [star] Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
Famuyiwa is the second person to relinquish his directing duties for The Flash. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the film’s screenplay and was also up to helm the film, gave up the director’s chair before Fanuyiwa signed up.
The Flash is set to star Erza Miller in the title role, with Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Billy Crudup as Barry’s father Henry Allen, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg. The screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, with a story by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and characters based on those created by Harry Lampert.
The Flash was set to hit cinemas on 16 March 2018, but has no doubt been delayed. Get all the latest superhero movie news with every issue of SciFiNow.