The Flash will be back on our screens with a third season this fall, and after the release of an incredible season 3 trailer at this year’s SDCC, fans cannot wait to see Team Flash back in action. This season sees a Flashpoint storyline, with Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) decision to change the past at the end of season 2 creating a very different Central City. Written and produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Aaron and Todd Helbing, the series so far has received critical acclaim and a nomination for a Primetime Emmy.
Throughout the first two seasons, a range of directors have stepped up to bring their own flair to the series, with Kevin Smith making headlines for his direction of ‘The Runaway Dinosaur’ in season 2. Now, Grant Gustin has spoken about who he would like to see in the director’s chair for season 3 — and it’s someone who has plenty of experience with superheroes.
Comic Book Resources revealed that the star of the show would like to see Joss Whedon direct an episode of The Flash in the future, after he was asked who he would like to see involved during a press event at SDCC. Gustin had met the director the day before, and found out Whedon is a huge fan of the superhero series: “He was a really nice guy and he loves the show. He’s seen every episode of the show.”
Of course, Whedon is well-known for his work in TV and on superhero movies. He’s famous for his work on cult-classic series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its spin-off show Angel, as well as the space-Western Firefly (plus its spin-off movie, Serenity) and sci-fi action series Dollhouse. A nerd icon, Whedon is often praised for his creation of strong and well-developed female leads, and for the quirky humor that he injects into his writing. In recent years, Whedon has joined the Marvel family — he directed the smash hit The Avengers, the follow up Avengers: Age of Ultron, and has worked on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Whedon would be a fantastic choice as a guest-director for The Flash. His status as a nerd icon would be a big draw for viewers (not that the series needs a boost!), just as Kevin Smith was. His approach also dovetails nicely with the tone of the show; his best work is lighthearted and colorful, bordering on camp, and The Flash is known for its bright humor. He’s also got more than enough experience with both television and superhero stories, not to mention with shows that focus on a central team rather than a single hero. Finally, the fact that he is a big fan of the show would bode well for his handling of an episode — although it’s not necessary for someone to love a series to do great work on it, understanding why other fans keep coming back for more is a huge advantage.
However, some may feel a little concerned about Whedon joining Team Flash from behind the scenes. Many fans were disappointed with the lackluster Avengers: Age of Ultron, with most feeling that it was far from his best work and that the humor felt forced. After finishing the film, Whedon quit twitter and told fans that he felt the need to take a break and get some rest — an understandable desire after the intensity of working on multiple Marvel projects. It may be that he is ready to dive back in to the world of superheroes, but it could also be that he’s not quite ready to take on this particular DC project. Obviously, this is all pure speculation at the moment, as Gustin doesn’t make directorial decisions, and was simply giving a personal opinion at the time. Still, it would be interesting to see another huge name in nerd-dom behind the camera in future.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW; Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same time slot on Wednesday October 5th; Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Comic Book Resources