One of the better movies I saw in 2015 was director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, a comedy about what it means to be an outsider in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood. It was fast, funny, and had some of the more relatable characters seen on screen last year. This bodes well for DC as there are rumors swirling about that Famuyiwa is their choice to direct The Flash.
With the film due in theaters in March, 2018, they really needed to get someone fast—get it, because the Flash runs really fast. It's more clever than you're giving it credit for—and Deadline (link below) confirmed that Famuyiwa is indeed DC and WB's guy...
He (Famuyiwa) will step in and direct the film that Warner Bros has slotted for release on March 16, 2018.
The Flash script is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who originally was going to make his helming debut but exited the project over creative differences. Grahame-Smith’s take on the iconic DC Entertainment superhero is based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the Lego Movie duo that once expected to helm the picture. Warner Bros is looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes that started with Batman V Superman, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the starting gate with. That vision was executed to strong reviews in Dope, the 2015 film about a young geek trying to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood.
It is a big opportunity for Famuyiwa, whose résumé so far has been small distinctive indies like The Wood, Brown Sugar, and Our Family Wedding. He’ll be playing in a much bigger pond now.
So there you have it. What do you guys think? He'll be the third non-white male director in the DCEU, behind Aquaman's James Wan and Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins, so that says something for them. I imagine they'll also likely court a non-white director for Cyborg's solo film, so they're certainly diversifying up front, and that's always a good sign.