"The Flash" director is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. The job is cursed.
Ezra Miller is still set to play Barry Allen/The Flash in DC's solo film, currently scheduled for a March 2018 debut. At this point, the film needs a new director, after losing Seth Grahame-Smith and then, just recently, Rick Famuyiwa. They both left due to "creative differences," which is the Hollywood version of "irreconcilable differences."
It'll be interesting to see how the film's focus and tone shift going forward, since the director usually has a pretty big say. Collider talked to Ezra Miller while he was promoting "Fantastic Beasts," and he had a thoughtful take on the departures:
"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. For me, it's sort of a tragic relay race, and we've had a couple really incredible people carry this baton, and 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."
"Tragic relay race" is such a lovely way to put it.
Miller's The Flash was first seen briefly in "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad," and the "Justice League" trailer previewed his larger role in that film, which arrives this time next year. And then hopefully DC's "The Flash" can keep to its current schedule to make its March 16, 2018 release date.
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