The Flash Movie Just Hurt by an Important Setback!

MOVIE NEWS – There aren’t many movies out so far for the DC Extended Universe with only Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released, but there are still many more films to be released shortly. Suicide Squad is now in the post-production phase, and it will be released in August release. They are still shooting Wonder Woman and the production of Justice League: Part One started earlier this month.

After those, the next movie on the DCEU schedule is The Flash, and up until today, the film was said to be directed by Seth Grahame-Smith from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fame. Now it’s been reported that he left the project.

Six months after it was announced he joined The Flash; The Hollywood Reporter heard that Seth Grahame-Smith departed from the movie due to important “creative differences.” The Flash will nevertheless use Grahame-Smith’s script, which he wrote off a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were initially being considered to direct the Scarlet Speedster’s solo adventure before they snagged the Han Solo movie. That is the second DCEU movie that’s lost its director before production began, as Michelle MacLaren was set to direct Wonder Woman, but also left over “creative differences” and was soon replaced by Patty Jenkins.

Movie-wise, Seth Grahame-Smith wrote Dark Shadows and the adaptation of his book Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, The Flash was due to be his very first time concerning directing a movie (his only other directing experience is helming two episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger). It wasn’t stated in the report what these “creative differences” were that led to him leaving, but with a Flash series already airing on The CW, whoever replaces him will have their hands full making the movie feel distinctive from what fans can check out on TV each week. While The Flash didn’t end up working out for Grahame-Smith, he’s already left his mark on the DC Comics media having written 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie. He’s also still involved with Warner Bros writing Beetlejuice 2 and executive producing The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Warning: spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are ahead!

The Flash made his DCEU debut last month in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both in a vision that Bruce Wayne experienced and via security footage on Lex Luthor’s metahuman files. He’ll return next year as one of the six leading heroes in Justice League: Part One, and his solo movie will follow early the next year. Besides Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, no other actors have been officially announced for the film, although a rumor came out last week listing five supporting characters we’ll supposedly see.

The Flash races into March 3, 2018, which, as the report notes, ideally leaves Warner Bros enough time to find a replacement director.

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