Not THAT Flash. The movie one.
DC’s upcoming movie slate is quickly gathering talent. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad have obviously finished filming, Wonder Woman has been assembling a cast and James Wan is confirmed to direct Aquaman. A few months ago The Flash got some writers, too: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the geniuses behind Jump Street and The Lego Movie. They’re pretty much perfect fits for the character, but unfortunately they were unable to direct due to heading off to a galaxy far, far away…
And thus the project was left without a director – but no more! The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Warner Bros. are getting Seth Grahame-Smith to direct.
You may not have heard the name but you definitely will have heard of the work. He’s the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and wrote the screenplay for that last one. His other film work includes writing Dark Shadows, rewriting Fantastic Four (although uncredited) and the upcoming LEGO Batman movie.
Look, filmmaking is a difficult job. Sometimes you can write great material and sometimes you can write terrible material. However, the fact of the matter is that Dark Shadows and Vampire Hunter both sucked balls and there are plenty of directors who would make a really great movie – directors who have also made movies before (Grahame-Smith hasn’t). Off the top of my head – Barry Sonnenfeld and F. Gary Gray.
On the other hand, Warner Bros. haven’t made any fuck-up decisions regarding the DCEU yet, and they already have connections since he’s writing The LEGO Batman Movie. If they’re handing such an important property to this first-time director then clearly he must have made one hell of a pitch. His track record doesn’t give me confidence although I’m gonna hope for the best and trust Warners.
The Flash zooms into theaters March 3rd, 2018, although you’ll see Ezra Miller’s incarnation of the speedster next year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the year after in Justice League: Part One.