Seth Grahame-Smith Exits Directing The Flash Film

Credit: DC Comics
Credit: DC Comics

The DC Extended Universe took a bit of a hit today.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Seth Grahame-Smith has left directing The Flash film over “creative differences” with Warner Brothers.

Grahame-Smith was announced as the director for the film in October of 2015. In addition to directing the film, he also the wrote the screenplay for it, which was based on a treatment written by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

This was to be Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut. Previously, he authored the books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter along with their corresponding screenplays. 

Even though Grahame-Smith has left the film, he is still working on other Warner Bros projects as a screenwriter: The Lego Batman Movie and Beetlejuice 2.

Ezra Miller is set to star as the DCEU’s Scarlet Speedster also Barry Allen. He made his debut into the universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.The film has proven to be both a critical failure and commercial disappointment with Warner Bros. 

Miller will return as the character in Justice League: Part One, which will be directed by Zach Snyder and released summer 2017.

There’s still time to find a new director without the film losing its release date. The Flash is set to hit theatres on March 3rd, 2018. Even though Grahame-Smith has left the project, the film will still use the script that he wrote.

With Batman v Superman not faring as well as execs probably had hoped, I wonder if the creative differences stem from a restructuring of the DCEU. Of course, this is all speculation.

If you want to see Barry Allen sooner, then I recommend checking out the excellent CW show starring Grant Gustin.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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