In the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s critical beating, new reports indicate the rest of Warner Bros.’s DC film slate could also be in trouble. One film has already lost a director, while another could be on the verge.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Grahame-Smith has exited the big-screen adaptation of The Flash due to “creative differences” with the studio. Warner Bros. apparently likes Grahame-Smith’s script, which was built on a draft by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie). So Grahame-Smith’s script apparently wasn’t the problem. What’s interesting is that Flash was also going to be Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut (with a potential tentpole project, no less), so you have to wonder what the problem might’ve been.
There’s been no word to the contrary, so Warner Bros. seems to still be set on keeping the March 16, 2018, release date. Of course, Ezra Miller is already cast in the role and will co-star in the upcoming Justice League film set to drop in 2017.
But that’s not all.
UPDATE: James Wan has somewhat responded to the reports of his "trepidation" about Aquaman by posting a tweet with him standing in front of a giant photo of the DC hero, and another post saying "You guys are killing me." This is not exactly a concrete denial about his concerns, but it does seem the thought that he might be halfway out the door could be exaggerated. Our original post can be read below:
Fresh off that bit of intel, Birth.Movies.Death is also reporting that James Wan (Furious 7) is “feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation” about remaining attached to DC’s upcoming Aquaman project. The site is also reporting that Warner Bros. is “at odds” with Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC universe as a whole (which, considering the mixed reviews, isn’t much of a surprise).
Though Warner Bros. seemed determined to power through, call Batman v Superman’s very solid box-office performance a win and keep chugging along — the wheels might just be coming off a bit due to the fallout from Batman v Superman. Only time will tell if this is just a bump in the road or a precursor to more problems.