The Flash might struggle to find the right director, especially after the recent departure of Rick Famuyiwa, but that hasn’t shaken the film’s star. Even as he’s waiting to hear who will actually lead his character into his first solo movie.
Ezra Miller told Collider that this is how Hollywood works sometimes. Especially during the pre-production phase of a film – there can be a lot of changes, both in front and behind the camera.
“These processes are complicated, and I think it can – from afar – appear to be, as you say, something interpersonal or dramatic. That is rarely the case. These are groups of people taking the development of projects extremely seriously, and the teams are changing all the time. There’s often a lot of flux in who the team of the production of a film is before that production starts, and in this case, you hear about it, because it’s a critical figure – the directors that have been coming on and leaving.”
Yes, you read that right. Miller used the plural form of “directors” because Famuyiwa was not the first to depart. In fact, popular comics film writer David S. Goyer was originally the man for the job several years ago with plans to have Ryan Reynolds in the lead role. Goyer would eventually be replaced by Shawn Levy, who departed himself because of schedule constraints.
The Flash would then welcome David Dobkin as its helmer before he stepped aside for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel writer Seth Grahame-Smith. But when he left the film earlier this year, DC and Warner Bros. seemed confident in Famuyiwa, despite his biggest project outside of this was 2015’s independent drama Dope.
Miller, who is set to appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this weekend, says unfortunately he’s left only to watch from the sidelines.
“For me, it’s sort of a tragic relay race, and we’ve had a couple really incredible people carry this baton. Their marks are left on that baton, and the work that they’ve given to the project will certainly be represented in whatever the final product comes to be.”
Right now, Warner Bros. and DC plans to release The Flash in March 2018, but that will depend on how quickly the studios can bring on yet another director to get this project back in the race.
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