The Flash has lost another director. Rick Famuyiwa, who helmed the coming-of-age indie sensation Dope, has left the anticipated superhero production over “creative differences” with Warner Bros. and DC Films, confirms The Hollywood Reporter.
This is terrible news for fans of Ezra Miller's Scarlet Speedster, who made his memorable debut in Batman v Superman earlier this year. In a statement to THR, Famuyiwa said, “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,“ he added. “I wish Warner Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
THR reports that Famuyiwa's edgier vision clashed with the studio. As for what that means exactly, it's hard to say. Warner Bros. and DC Films have been criticized for their tonally bleak superhero films. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad both missed the mark with critics and failed to reach the box office heights of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. Warner Bros. has been making a point to advertise Justice League's lighter tone, using Miller's Flash as a beacon for fun in the DC Extended Universe. So it's possible that Famuyiwa's “edgy” vision might have put Warner Bros. on edge.
Then again, when MTV News caught up with Miller back in August, the actor seemed taken with Famuyiwa's intention to make something “extremely fun” and “deeply human.” “Rick's mind and his heart are in an excellent place, and his expertise as a filmmaker, as evidenced by Dope, all come together as very exciting factors to me,” Miller added.
It's also unclear if The Flash will still prominently feature Ray Fisher's Cyborg, as Barry Allen's fellow Justice Leaguer was scheduled to be part of Famuyiwa's film.
Famuyiwa is actually the second director The Flash has lost in a year — he signed on in June to replace Seth Grahame-Smith, who had departed from the film in April. Unfortunately, his departure will most likely delay the film’s production and, subsequently, its release.
However, one thing is for sure: This news is the opposite of dope.