I’m going to be honest, my stock in the DC Entertainment Universe right now is low and not much of anything, except Zack Snyder getting a demotion or termination, is going to restore it, but yesterday I received a little bit of news that truly piqued my interest.
The Flash will be featured in Justice League, portrayed by Ezra Miller who already made his brief debut in Batman v. Superman, but a few weeks ago Seth Grahame-Smith left the standalone The Flash feature over creative differences, much like Michelle MacLaren did with the Wonder Woman feature. DC and Warner Bros took time to find a suitable replacement for MacLaren in Patty Jenkins and they did the same for The Flash by landing Rick Famuyiwa, credited for acclaimed indies such as The Wood, Brown Sugar and last year’s smash hit at Sundance, Dope.
Warner Bros is looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes that started with Batman V Superman, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the starting gate with. That vision was executed to strong reviews in Dope, the 2015 film about a young geek trying to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood
I LOVE this move! Dope was one of the best films I saw in 2015 due to its fresh approach, savvy direction and excellent execution all around and I credit Famuyiwa for such an excellent change of pace picture. I can’t wait to see what he can bring to The Flash; perhaps that fresh and funny appeal from Dope will rub off on the rest of the films in the DCEU lineup. Justice League Pt 1 will bow in theaters on November 17, 2017. The Flash races into theaters on March 16, 2018.
Update: It has just been brought to my attention that due to creative differences with producers, Rick Famuyiwa has elected to leave The Flash, thus marking the second time the superhero feature will be without a director. It also puts the timetable to get The Flash into production into jeopardy as Warner Bros. now races to find a suitable replacement.