‘The Flash’ Standalone Movie Brings ‘Dope’ Filmmaker on as New Director

By June 2, 2016
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DC’s standalone Flash movie experienced a minor setback a few weeks ago when it lost director Seth Grahame-Smith at the helm, who was set to make his directorial debut with the film, a risk that apparently led to DC and Warner Bros.’ decision to part ways with the filmmaker, in search of a more experienced director, but someone who would also bring their stamp and style to the project.

Well, it looks like they’ve done just that too.

THR is reporting that Dope and Confirmation filmmaker, Rick Famuyiwa, has officially been brought on as Grahame-Smith’s replacement on the project. Ezra Miller is set to lead the film as Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, from a screenplay by Grahame-Smith, based off a treatment written by The Lego Movie helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The news comes as Miller made his onscreen debut as The Flash in the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Famuyiwa had a breakout year in 2015 after receiving critical acclaim for his Sundance darling, Dope, and after seeing his stylish take on that film, which followed a bunch of 90s hip-hop obsessed nerds through a dangerous drug debacle, I can say that at the very least now, I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of visual style he might be able to bring to the standalone movie, which is something that I was less sure of when Grahame-Smith was on at the helm.

With that being said, the solo movie is going against some very high expectations right now, with many fans already comparing Ezra Miller’s take on the character to Grant Gustin’s beloved portrayal of Barry Allen on the TV version of The Flash, so it will be exciting(?) to see how the studio is planning on separating the two iterations. If they were looking for a filmmaker to bring his own stamp and style to this project though, as had been previously rumored, I think they’ve made the right choice with Famuyiwa.

The Flash is set to hit theatres on March 16th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable