Once upon a time, The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were heavily involved with Warner Bros.’ attempt to bring The Flash to the big screen. Once they moved on to other projects, Seth Grahame-Smith took over their treatment as well as directorial duties. When things started shaking up creatively after Batman v Superman, Smith was replaced by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. And as of today, October 31st 2016, Famuyiwa has left the project due to creative differences.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Famuyiwa’s vision for a supposedly “edgier” movie clashed with the studio’s take. While that sounds somewhat uncharacteristic of the thus far “dark-n-gritty” DCEU, the creative differences (whatever they may be) don’t bode well for the film’s March 2018 release date, especially since Ezra Miller reportedly has other commitments next summer. Here’s what the director had to say:
"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 Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force."
This universe of DC films is yet to really prove itself (Wonder Woman seems like it could help turn the tide, but you never know), and given Miller’s involvement with both Batman v Superman and Justice League, it would be strange to recast Barry Allen at this stage. The question is, what’s next? Where do they go from here? A new director and an accelerated production schedule to try and make the release date? Or a sizable delay that would upset their plans, fans and investors? We’ll update you as soon as we learn more.