Not just anyone can direct The Flash.
To be up for a chance at helming the solo movie for DC’s favorite speedster, a director needs a lot of skills.
Talent at directing is a must, obviously. So is the ability to work under pressure, and a complete lack of personal vision, so that DC executives can tell you exactly what to do every day.
Most importantly, though, you need patience. Lots and lots of patience. If you want to get the chance to direct the Flash movie, you don’t just need to be offered the job. You also have to endure constant meddling from the studio, for long enough to actually make it into the director’s chair for filming.
Rick Famuyiwa, the third director attached to the project, didn’t have enough patience, it turns out.
The director walked away from the project last week, citing “creative differences”, which by now all movie fans know to be code for “Man, the studio bosses at Warner Bros are absolutely insane!”
Now, though, Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash in the DCEU, has given his own opinion on what is needed from a Flash director:
“I think that the most important quality is the open heart. I think that The Flash has to be a story that is heartfelt. Because I think that's where the lightning really is.”
Excuse me while I go vomit up a rainbow.
Miller’s comments may sound pretty hippie-dippie from first glance, but there’s probably a lot of tactful maneuvering going through the young actor’s head at any given time while discussing his solo movie.
Nobody’s being fooled by DC’s smokescreen of attempts to make it seem like The Flash movie isn’t in trouble. Burning through three different creative teams in such short succession highlight that nobody really wants to take on this movie, and that those who do, soon regret their decision.
There’s a lot of speculation about how DC executives are treating their directors in order for The Flash to run into so much trouble. It seems that, having given Zack Snyder free reign to indulge his superhero murder fantasies for too long, Warner Bros are now stepping in to meddle in as many elements of their movies as possible.
Giving directors any degree of freedom is risky. Movies are safer when they’re made by committee.
Ezra Miller knows this, and is in the unfortunate position of having to defend DC’s lunacy amid a strong fan backlash.
In Miller’s mind, an “open heart” is a pretty good code for, “a lack of spine”, which is what he really wants to say. DC’s looking for a director with an incredibly bland and by-the-book vision for the film, who’ll take whatever commands he’s given from Warner Bros and never deviate from Geoff John’s singular vision.
Either that, or Rick Famuyiwa steps on puppies for fun, and Miller is genuinely hoping for someone who’s a little less heartless to helm the next fifteen minutes of pre-production on The Flash.