The DCEU took another hit this afternoon as The Flash director, Rick Famuyiwa, announced that he was stepping away from directing the speedster’s solo film. Known for his phenomenal work on Dope, Famuyiwa cited that “creative differences” led to his departure from the film. Sources state that Famuyiwa’s vision clashed against Warner Bros’ for wanting to make it edgier than they were comfortable with. This now marks the second time a director has left the project following Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script before he departed as well. With no one left in the director’s chair, The Flash looks to be inevitably delayed as filming was scheduled to begin early next year. So, who could replace Famuyiwa for The Flash film? We have a few ideas of our own:
The man behind a few of the Fast and Furious films as well as this past summer’s Star Trek Beyond, Lin has a keen eye for kinetic, visual flair as well as incorporating a good amount of humor mixed in with the exciting and thrilling action sequences. With his experience working on Star Trek Beyond last summer, he has a little experience with some of the more “abstract” aspects of The Flash such as introducing the Speed Force to a new audience.
Fans have been wanting Wright to helm The Flash ever since the announcement of the Scarlet Speedster’s solo film. Known for his fan favorite work on films like the “Cornetto Trilogy” as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wright would give The Flash a proper opportunity to really stand out among the various comic book properties being adapted to the big screen. However, with two directors having already dropped out from The Flash, and Wright’s departure from Ant-Man from Marvel, would he be willing to compromise with Warner Bros?
Many fans would recognize this name for being the genius behind such brilliant animated films such as The Incredibles and The Iron Giant. He also directed Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol, the film many fans claim to be the best of the franchise. A visionary director in every sense, Bird deserves a shot at a large, blockbuster film where he can bring his optimism, charm, and grand storytelling on a much larger scale.
A man who brought Spider-Man to the big screen in the biggest way possible and was responsible for one of the great comic book movies ever made (Spider-Man 2), Raimi would be a strong fit for The Flash. Raimi is a director who can mix comedy along with darker themes and could easily give us a visually stunning film. Fans have wanted Raimi to return to the comic book movie genre for awhile and what better way than with The Flash? I mean DC has already signed on three of his stars from the Spider-Man franchise for the DCEU, why not the director himself?
Arguably one of the genre’s favorite directors, Vaughn is best known for films such as X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Stardust. Best known for his incredible fight sequences, Vaughn could really make the visual effects in The Flash stand out while also crafting lovable and relatable characters. The DCEU would benefit from such a strong filmmaker from Vaughn as long as Warner Bros would allow him to tell his story.
It’s sad to see yet another director leave The Flash, now making it two directors who have left this film and the third to have departed DC Films. While this news is alarming, we’ll just have to wait to see who Warner Bros brings in to helm Barry Allen’s film. So there are our Top 5 choices for the next The Flash director. Let us know who you would want to see helm The Flash film now that Rick has left.
The Flash stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen.
Source: Hollywood Reporter