On June 2, it was revealed that director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Confirmation) will be taking over as director of The Flash movie, after creative differences led to original director Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) deciding to leave the first ever cinematic adaptation of the Scarlet Speedster.
Grahame-Smith wrote the screenplay for The Flash script, based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie). The movie will star Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts, Perks of Being a Wallflower) as the Flash/Barry Allen.
Not long ago, director Famuyiwa revealed on Instagram that he has been methodically researching the Flash by a huge stack of Flash graphic novels from different eras.
In a recent interview, Aquaman director James Wan revealed that he was given a choice between directing The Flash or Aquaman, but chose the latter because he loves the “possibility of creating a whole new world.” This is also in reference to him having already seen the Flash on the 90’s TV show starring John Wesley Shipp and the current CW TV show starring Grant Gustin.
While the DC Cinematic Universe and the dubbed TV “Arrowverse” are separate continuities, there has been some controversy among fans of the show, who feel that the movie cannot live up to the show or even step on its toes. There has even been flame wars between Miller and Gustin fans, but has quieted down after both actors complimented each other and assured fans that there is no competition between the movie and TV interpretations. But, that didn’t stop Arrow star Stephen Amell from expressing his disappointment that Warner Brothers announced a different actor for the movies immediately before the premiere of the TV show.
Miller previously had a cameo as the Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where he seemingly appeared to Bruce Wayne in a vision while warning him of future events. Miller will return as the Flash in Justice League, which is currently filming and will release in theaters November 17, 2017. The Flash movie itself will release in theaters on March 16, 2018.