The Flash: Warner Brothers Loses Their Director Again

Davis McCondichie Davis McCondichie
November 2nd, 2016

I am a student at the University of Missouri, who is studying documentary film. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies of all kinds and reading the latest comics.

The Flash: Warner Brothers Loses Their Director Again

Flash fanatics just received another reason to worry about the future of a solo movie. We have the news covered for you here on ComiConverse.

The Flash: Warner Brothers Loses Their Director Again

The Flash Movie

Credit: Warner Brothers

Director Rick Famuyiwa has left the project citing creative differences. The move is shocking. After all, this is the second Director to leave the project for creative differences. Now, Warner Bros. has been left in a scramble to replace the director.

Famuyiwa, known for his movie Dope, was an exciting hire for fans. His impressive directing style and enthusiasm for the project were reasons to be pumped. He could bring something fresh and new to the DC cinematic universe.

Of course, Famuyiwa is not the only director to be leaving his superhero project lately. Deadpool director Tim Miller also left the movie's sequel process for creative reasons. Fans are starting to notice an unnerving trend with superhero films. Are studios restricting the director's ability to infuse their creative direction for today's superhero movies?

The evidence points to yes.

However, this may not be the case for all superhero projects. As many successful films have allowed director's free range to create.Despite this, cases of studios allowing directors to leave over creative differences seem to be increasing.

Patty Jenkins was leaving Thor: Dark World and Michelle Mclaren leaving Wonder Woman are two other instances of directors leaving for creative differences. Jenkins would go on to direct this upcoming Wonder Woman film, but the idea of this becoming a trend is gaining traction.

Studios have begun to constrict artistic rein. Producers rather lose a director with a name, than risk their movie flopping. This choice means studios are favoring the white bread, unimaginative versions of filmmaking. Studios do not take the risk on directors when they should.

In the case of Famuyiwa, he was offering a chance for edgy, fun Flash movie. His background in local, diverse film subjects provided a valuable commentary too. Now, he has lost DC's platform to tell a much-needed message.

Instead, fans will likely be treated to a typical, uninspired Flash tale. Just like Thor: Dark World lacked any real creativity after losing a risk-taking director. That movie fell flat, and Flash has lost that same perspective. Dismissing directors mid-project hurts the film because studios go for the safe option and end up with lackluster shells of superhero movies.

This dismissal effect is not the only instance of Studios interfering with creative direction. Suicide Squad and Fantastic Four both involved directors accusing the studios of splintering their original intentions during the editing process. Studios refuse to give filmmakers control of their own films. Their only defense for this strategy is the amount of money these films make. The studios cannot afford to take the risk. They think making the movie fit into this singular superhero flick mold will make it appeal to the mass audience, yet producers forget that unique films are what real fans want. Fans want loyal adaption with an artistic taste in it. Viewers do not want these copy and paste scripts that studios keep giving us. This is why it is so important that studios allow directors to stay on project despite creative differences.

Studios are crushing creativity in the superhero genre. Money is driving these projects, instead of the want to make something unique. This trend has to end, and directors need to be allowed to make their films without fear of being let go. The upcoming Flash movie is just a continued movement towards a trend that will surely help burst the superhero bubble if not corrected. "Superhero Fatigue" comes when studios continue to neuter fresh ideas and replace them with cookie cutter movies.

Stop the madness.

Support creative, fresh superhero movies that offer new perspectives on our favorite heroes.


Davis McCondichie is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @McMccondichie

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