A speed bump is in The Flash’s path to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), director for the upcoming Warner Bros. film The Flash, has decided to leave the project. Citing “creative differences,” Grahame-Smith, who originally signed on to direct the film in late 2015, will still have his script used by WB, which was based on a draft by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.
So why is this happening? WB/DC did great with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and early predictions have Suicide Squad fairing exceptionally well, this is not a good time for news like this come out of the Warner Bros./DC Entertainment camp. WB had said previously that their intent for the DCEU is to allow the creators to maintain control of the production,
“We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other,” states WB film chief Greg Silverman. “You’ll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.”
This isn’t the first time a director dropped from a DC film. Prior to production of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, director Michelle MacLaren bailed the project citing, you guessed it, “creative differences.” You have to wonder what is going on with Warner Bros. You can have only so many people quit before you (hopefully) realize, “Hey, maybe it’s me and not them.” Oh well, I guess time will tell. This is a pivotal moment for the DC Extended Universe of films. For them to compete with Marvel on the big screen, they can’t drop the ball. This is not the time. Wish you well DC and WB. Don’t blow it!
The Flash is scheduled for release March 3, 2018 and have Ezra Miller reprise his role as The Fastest Man Alive from his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.