Finding success as a filmmaker is a daunting prospect for any up-and-comer who dreams of being the next big household name. Despite the notion that because current technology makes some of the processes of filming, editing and distribution easier and cheaper than ever, quality is still the bottom line. In other words, making a name for yourself now is arguably no easier than it was before.
Talent is certainly the greatest asset to any filmmaker – but even talent can only go so far. The ability to connect with one’s target group in both a cinematic and personal capacity can do wonders for a career. In this respect, Kevin Smith is a filmmaker who has managed to do it all. Ever since Clerks put him on the scene back in 1994, he has managed a steady output of films done his way, for his audience, without sacrificing any of what made him appealing to begin with.
Smith is an unabashed geek culture reveller whose knowledge of comic books has endeared him to many. His praises and complaints of Hollywood’s treatment of various superhero franchises quite often mirror those of every day fans. Because of this, it’s surprising that he’s yet to direct any of the big budgeted Marvel or DC films. That’s all about to change, however, as Smith is getting set to direct not a comic book movie, but the next best thing – an episode of The Flash.
Present details are minimal, as the announcement was just revealed on Sunday during the Television Critics Association press tour, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. The only additional information we have at this time is that Smith’s episode of the series will air sometime this May. Whether or not this will lead to more work on the series for Smith or if this is just a one time only stint is unknown, but executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Collider that the way it happened was pretty straightforward.
"I literally got a phone call from his agent saying that Kevin Smith’s favorite show is The Flash, and if was there an episode for him, and the answer was yes. It was really that simple. I didn’t know him personally, I’ve just been such a huge fan of his work... Knowing what a fan he is, and knowing the scrutiny he’s going to be under, I know he’s going to bring it to his fullest, and I’m just so excited."
As far as TV series go, The Flash has been welcomed with open arms. Now in its second season, the series has scooped up an armload of awards in its short run thus far, as well as having been nominated for an Emmy. Smith’s arrival will likely coincide with the end of the second season, so this could be an excellent way to cap things off.
With Smith in the director’s chair, it’s not hard to believe that The Flash could see a spike in its viewership come May. Fans trust his work because he refuses to treat his audiences as mere numbers or ticket sales. As a filmmaker, he has built a strong following of like-minded people who want to see more of whatever he has to offer. Who knows – this guest spot as director on The Flash could lead to bigger things, and maybe even help to usher in a Kevin Smith directed superhero movie.
The Flash will return on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, while Arrow will return on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 and Legends of Tomorrow will see its series premiere on Thursday, January 21st, 2016. Kevin Smith’s episode of The Flash will air sometime this coming May.