With Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice available on home media soon and Suicide Squad two months away from theatrical release (as of this writing), the DC Extended Universe is now in full effect. Over the next handful of years, Warner Bros. will release no less than two movies annually, bringing the various corners of their world to life. To help viewers get acquainted with the members of the Justice League, cameos of certain heroes were included in Batman V Superman, including Cyborg, Aquaman, and The Flash.
Barry Allen’s big screen vehicle (starring Ezra Miller in the title role) saw a major change behind the camera recently when original director Seth Grahame-Smith stepped down, citing creative differences. He was replaced this past week by Dope helmsman Rick Famuyiwa, who is now prepping the film for its March 2018 premiere. Though Famuyiwa is untested in the realm of big budget entertainment, he’s doing everything he can to make sure he’s ready to handle the tale of DC’s Scarlet Speedster – such as doing extensive homework covering the character’s history.
The director took to his Instagram page to share a picture of his desk, upon which sits a stack of 12 “Flash” comic trade paperbacks. Sporting the caption “Today was a BLUR,” it’s clear that Famuyiwa is having fun while making sure he’s well-versed in the mythology of the source material:
Given the framing of the image, it’s difficult to tell exactly which titles Famuyiwa is studying, but longtime fans can take solace in the fact that he’s doing substantial research before principal photography begins. When he was brought on board, it was said that Famuyiwa’s take on The Flash would be “very compatible with the script” WB/DC currently had, but from the looks of it, the director is going to be revising the screenplay so it’s more in line with his vision for the final product. That would be a welcome development, especially since Dope earned raves for its creative flair and insightful story. More than likely, Famuyiwa has some fresh ideas he wants to bring to the table in order to make the Flash solo film the best it can be.
Even with a rising directorial talent like Famuyiwa in tow, this is a movie that has a lot to prove when compared to its fellow DCEU installments. As many know, there’s a well-received version of Barry Allen playing on the CW, and some people (including the TV show’s actors) feel that Grant Gustin should also be part of the film. Viewers should be able to separate the two in their minds, but comparisons will be inevitable, and Famuyiwa’s project will possibly have to work overtime to win people over. This isn’t exactly new territory for WB (see: Superman Returns and Smallville), but it’s still a potential hurdle the Flash movie crew will have to clear.
That said, fans have every reason to believe that this team is up for the task and isn’t taking responsibilities lightly. WB knows that now more than ever, they need to turn things around in regard to popular opinion concerning the DCEU. After back-to-back polarizing outings from Zack Snyder, some changes have been incorporated to inject feelings of “hope and optimism” to the franchise. Famuyiwa will also be working with newly appointed DCEU overseer Geoff Johns, who co-created the aforementioned Flash show. That’s good company to keep and will ideally deliver a fun, exciting cinematic interpretation of Barry Allen.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.
Source: Rick Famuyiwa