Entertainment Weekly has revealed that both Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb have passed on directing the upcoming feature film of The Flash starring Ezra Miller.
Yesterday, Raimi along with Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn emerged as the frontrunners to direct the film but in addition to losing Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, the father of the Scarlet Speedster, the magazine also revealed this morning that a source close to the project has said that both Raimi and Webb have passed on the gig.
The project now long in development has stalled since director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) exited the Warner Bros. production, citing creative differences between him and the studio as the reason for his departure. Famuyiwa was hired to replace Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the original script and also exited the project due to creative differences. Before that, The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were attached to direct. Lord and Miller had developed the story for the film, however. The pair left to direct the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.
Famuyiwa also penned the latest draft of the script, however, the studio was not satisfied with his direction resulting in Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) being hired to do a page-one rewrite in January.
Miller and Kiersey Clemons remain committed to star as the titular hero and his love interest Iris West and fortunately, we will also get to see Miller return as The Flash who was first introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice later this year when he appears in the epic superhero team-up flick Justice League directed by Zack Snyder.
Remaining on the shortlist to direct The Flash is Zemeckis and Vaughn. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Flash as we learn it.
5 Things The ‘Nightwing’ Movie Needs To Get Right
Of all the surprising moves made by DC, announcing a solo Nightwing film was perhaps the most surprising. Considering Batman hasn’t even started filming his solo movie yet, it seemed a bit premature. Then of course came the announcement of the Batgirl movie, and it became clear that DC is hedging its bets in favor of Batman’s surrogate family. While it may have been more favorable to wait until the release of The Batman to consider spinning off the sidekicks, there’s certainly a lot to look forward to with these announcements, but a lot to be apprehensive about too.
Between Batgirl and Nightwing, the Barbara Gordon film is probably the safer bet for an immediately successful solo entry, particularly with Joss Whedon directing and writing. Dick Grayson has a lot more to prove. After all, he’s still considered by general audiences to be simply Robin. They might know that Dick eventually becomes Nightwing, but to most, this just means a change in costume and attitude, but a character who still essentially lives in Batman’s shadow.
This couldnt be further from the truth. In fact, a huge part of Nightwing’s appeal is just how different he is from Batman. Dick has his own way of operating, his own set of values, his own moral code, and his own outlook on life that’s totally different from Bruce Wayne’s. Nightwing represents one of the most optimistic voices in heroism, and when he’s done right, his comic book adventures are a breath of fresh air. There’s a lot of great stuff director Chris Mckay can pull from the Nightwing comics to ensure the movie lives and breathes that authentic Dick Grayson vibe. Here are the 5 things the Nightwing movie needs to get right. Click next to begin!