Reports suggest it’s due to Famuyiwa’s vision for the movie being too edgy for Warner Brothers (funny considering Zack Snyder and wife are definitely calling the shots and their vision for the DCU is as dark and gritty as it gets barring an R rated movie).
With the initial departure of director Seth Grahame-Smith and pre-production for the film in high gear, this exit does not bode well for The Flash movie.
Regardless of the political turmoil that is the DC Universe, I have put together a list of 5 supremely talented directors (in no particular order) that DC and Warner Brothers should look to fill the director’s seat for The Flash movie.
Most of these directors, whilst well known amongst the indie/TV scene, are young up-and-coming directors – and if the Marvel model is anything to go by, there’s nothing wrong with going with a talented inexperienced director.
The first on our list is Canadian Nisha Ganatra. The incredibly talented Ganatra has spent the majority of her (recent) career on television – but that’s not a negative (see Russo Brothers for Captain America: The Winter Solider and Civil War).
She’s both a consulting producer and directed the award winning Transparent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project and Shameless. So like a lot of directors that have done well with Marvel, she has a strong comedic background.
She’s also dabbled with drama in directing Mr. Robot, which has been applauded by Steven Soferbergh as the best directed show on TV. Further to that, her debut “Chutney Popcorn” won an award at Berlin and her follow up “Cosmopolitan” was a hit at SXSW.
Ganatra is ready to make the step up to a big feature length movie and her raw talent combined with experience in comedy and drama could be just what the The Flash movie needs.
Another talented director that has spent the majority of his career on television, Farren has directed such great shows as Doctor Who, Idris Elba’s Luther, and the critically acclaimed (and personal favourite) Netflix’s Daredevil. He’s also a BAFTA award winner for his work on The Fades.
Further to that, he can be seen this year directing Naomi Watts in the psychological drama Shut In, which centres on a widowed child psychologist and the death of a small child under her care (see trailer below). The movie, shot with a stunning visceral eye, is set to announce Farren’s entrance on to the features stage.
With rich experience on tough hitting critically acclaimed TV, especially Netflix’s Daredevil, Farren could inject some much needed impetus and drama in a way only seen so far in the MCU.
James Ponsoldt is well versed within the indie filmmaking scene and arguably the most underrated, having released 3 fantastic features in the past 5 years.
His first feature, Smashed, centred on alcoholism and features some of the best acting seen from both Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. He quickly followed that up with the romantic comedy The Spectacular Now, featuring up-and-coming young actors Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley’s, which proved to be another smash indie hit. More recently, he could be seen directing Jason Segel in the dramatic biographical movie The End of the Tour.
He’s recently landed his first big feature with adaptation ‘The Circle’, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, and starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
James’s delicate ability to balance both comedy, drama and tension (which no doubt got him his latest gig) would be both greatly appreciated and richly rewarded by WB and the DCU if he were to direct The Flash movie.
4. Alex Garland
Arguably my number one choice on the list, Englishman Garland is both a supremely talented writer and director. His movie Ex Machina (which he wrote and was nominated an Oscar for) was easily my favourite movie of 2015 and blended sci-fi, drama and philosophy on a level that is rarely seen of a first time director/writer. If you haven’t seen it – stop what you’re doing (including reading this) and watch it now!
Before storming on to the scene with his directorial debut, Garland had been making waves since 2000 with writing credits for Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach (his novel), the zombie classic 28 Days Later, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and Dredd amongst other titles. His current project is the self-written Sci-fi Annihilation and boasts Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaacs and Jennifer Jason Leigh in lead roles.
Garland would bring a level of intelligence and mature storytelling that is rarely seen within comic book movies. His ability to weave complex ideas, high-level story telling and philosophical questions would elevate The Flash movie to much more than just a movie about a speedster with a sense of humour.
The most established and critically acclaimed on the list, George Miller is my final choice and the most unlikely one. He’s evidently a genius, having created the Mad Max series and then reinvented it 36 years later with Tom Hardy only to do it better (and in return, win an Oscar). Mad Max had the whole world stand up and take note of Miller’s persisting talent to blend stunning visual imagery with breathtaking storytelling and raw, unadulterated action.
He’s not, however, a one-trick pony. Over the years, he’s also given us for such family classics as The Witches of Eastwick, Babe: Pig in the City, and Happy Feet 1 and 2. His ability to go from high-octane action to family friendly live action and animation only scratches the surface of his talents.
Then there’s his failed Justice League movie, which he was set to direct in 2007. He’d even started casting until it was put on indefinite hold due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike and finally cancelled (though he is Producer for Snyder’s version). This goes to show that he has an interest in the DCU, one that was very nearly achieved.
All in all, Miller would not only be the safest pair of hands to put The Flash movie in to but Warner Brothers would also be getting an Oscar winning director that can handle both stunning action, storytelling and adult themes with the ability to also please younger audiences.
So who’s your choice? Is it anyone from the list above or someone else? Let us know!