In a year where things aren’t going quite as planned for Warners and their DC Extended Universe, we get another bump in the road, this time involving The Flash.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Seth Grahame-Smith has stepped down from the directors chair for the film due to that time-tested Hollywood reason, creative difficulties. The film was supposed to be Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut.
The production will retain Grahame-Smith’s script, which he wrote from a treatment by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. No word on who will replace Grahame Smith, but the pair of Lord and Miller were originally being considered to direct. Perhaps Warners can go back to them with a bag of money and ask them again.
The Flash has an uphill battle to begin with, as there is a television show fans could watch for free every week that is pretty damn good. The film version would have to be pretty special to separate it from the TV show enough that audiences would come out to watch it. Separating from a novice director could be seen as either a good sign or a bad sign in this circumstance, depending on your point of view.
The Flash is set to open on March 16, 2018.