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Director Rick Famuyiwa Exits The Flash Movie

THR reports that director Rick Famuyiwa has left the Flash movie over creative differences. Famuyiwa joined the production in June, replacing previous director Seth Grahame-Smith.

The Flash solo film stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and Kiersey Clemons as “the female lead” (widely expected to be Iris West), and is set in the DC cinematic universe established by Batman v. Superman. It’s still on the schedule for March 2018, but losing its director again at this stage may set that back.

I’ve actually lost count of how many directors have been attached to this movie over the years.

Do you think The Flash will be able to stay on schedule, or will Barry Allen’s solo movie be late?

And who would you like to step in as director?

Flash Movie Casts Kiersey Clemons as Iris West

Variety reports that Warner Bros has cast Kiersey Clemons as the female lead in the Flash movie opposite Ezra Miller. Clemons most recently appeared in Neighbors 2, and was featured in Flash director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout indie film, Dope. She’s also been cast in a remake of Flatliners.

Technically,  WB hasn’t confirmed that the female lead is in fact Iris West, but it’s a safe enough bet that Variety ran with it in their headline.

(via Comics Alliance)

Media Updates: Flash & Batman in the Movies, Jesse Quick Returns, SDCC Panel Schedule

Warner Bros. TV schedule is up for Comic-Con International. The Flash TV Show Panel will be Saturday, July 23 at 5pm in Ballroom 20:

Parallel universes…and doppelgangers…and man-sharks, oh my! The second season of The CW’s highest-rated series had more than its fair share of twists and turns, but none compared to Barry Allen’s jaw-dropping decision to go back in time and save his mother from his arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, a decision that called the entire timeline into question. But fear not, fans, you won’t have to wait until the fall to start getting answers to some of your most pressing questions, as the cast and creative team behind the show make their annual appearance at Comic-Con to begin giving fans insight into the show’s highly anticipated third season.

Violett Beane is set to return as Jesse Wells in Season 3 of the show. No word yet on whether she’ll be the Earth-2 Jesse we know or from another timeline, or whether we’ll see her as a speedster anytime soon. (via ComicsAlliance)

Warner Bros. showed a scene from Justice League featuring Batman (Ben Affleck) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) to the press, and CinemaBlend describes the scene, which shows the first meeting of Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen. The tone is reportedly a bit lighter than most of Batman v. Superman, and the scene tells us a few important things about the cinematic universe’s Barry Allen, and more. Spoilers of course.

Seth Grahame-Smith in Talks to Direct the Flash Movie

According to THR, Seth Grahame-Smith is in talks to write and direct the Flash movie starring Ezra Miller. Grahame-Smith is the author of the books Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (via ComicsAlliance)

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) were set to lead to the project earlier this year, but they got a better offer: A Han Solo prequel film.

In the 11 years since Warner Bros. first announced a Flash movie was in development, they’ve gone through so many directors and writers that all I can say is: Don’t get too attached. Or too upset. Chances are even if he signs on, plans will change again.

The Flash movie, set in the same world as Batman v. Superman, is scheduled for 2018. If all goes well, we’ll have seen four years of the Flash TV show by then. Just throwing that out there for perspective.

LEGO Movie Producers Working on Flash Movie

Variety reports that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, producers of the LEGO Movie, are developing the story for the Flash movie. As previously announced, the March 2018 film is set in DC’s movie universe rather than their TV universe, and will star Ezra Miller. As ComicsAlliance points out, this suggests that Warner Bros. is looking for a lighter tone for the speedster than they’ve taken with Superman in Man of Steel, which IMO is a good move.

I’ve lost count of the number of creative teams that have been attached to a Flash movie since Warner Bros. first started planning one with David Goyer way back in 2004. But for the first time there’s enough momentum that I see a good chance of this happening (as long as the DC movie universe doesn’t crash and burn first, which is still a possibility).

FLASH MOVIE Coming in 2018 with Ezra Miller

For the longest time, I wondered whether I’d rather see a Flash movie or a Flash TV show.

As plans for a Flash movie languished in development hell, I started noticing patterns in the big-budget Batman, Superman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and finally Avengers and Green Lantern films, and I realized I’d rather have a TV show.  I’d sacrifice the spectacle and scope of a movie to get a new story every week for 20 weeks out of the year. I’d rather get the origin out of the way and get to see lots of different villains, instead of one movie with an origin story, then if it does well enough a second movie with two villains shoehorned in together, and a third movie with as many villains as they could cram in because between audience drop-off and the stars getting too expensive/old for the part, they know this is it until someone comes along to reboot the series.

So I was actually quite happy (though extremely cautious) when they announced a Flash TV series last summer instead of a movie. Now that TV show is here, we’re two episodes in and it seems to be a hit.

Today, Warner Bros. announced a new slate of films with 10 DC-inspired movies through 2020.

And for the first time ever, I don’t have to choose between a Flash movie or a TV show.

The schedule announced includes:

2016: Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.
2017: Wonder Woman — yes, Wonder Woman! — and Justice League
2018: Flash and Aquaman.
2019: Shazam and Justice League 2
2020: Cyborg and Green Lantern.

Newsarama speculates on a March 23, 2018 opening date based on previously-reserved dates.

Warner Bros. also announced that Ezra Miller will be playing the Flash, and confirmed Jason Momoa as Aquaman. I’m not familiar with Miller, but before anyone complains that he looks too young based on his IMDB headshot, keep in mind it was taken six years ago and the movie is scheduled for four years from now.

It’s been stated before that the DC cinematic and television universes will be separate, and casting different actors confirms it. (Unless they pull a fast one on us and it turns out he’s playing Bart.) That’s not unprecedented – Superman Returns came out during Smallville’s run, after all. And the more I think about it, it’s probably a good idea to let the TV show do what TV series do well — tell lots of stories, sometimes connected, sometimes stand-alone, with time to develop a wide cast of characters — and let the movies focus on the spectacle that works best on the big screen.  (And based on the way Season 1 of S.H.I.E.L.D. had to spin its wheels until it could pull the big reveal without spoiling Captain America 2, allowing them to each go their own way without interference is probably best.)

I know I shouldn’t get too excited — I mean, they announced a Flash movie back in 2004 and it went through multiple scripts, writers and directors before stalling entirely  — but after two episodes of the TV show, it’s hard not to feel optimistic about the Flash’s chances.