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Cast This: Who should direct The Flash?

02.01.2017

Some of DC Comics' greatest superheroes will unite later this year for JUSTICE LEAGUE, and Warner Bros. has been busy putting together solo adventures for the team members. WONDER WOMAN will be deflecting bullets on the big screen this summer, AQUAMAN swims into theaters next year, and Ben Affleck is expected to continue the Dark Knight's crusade on crime in THE BATMAN (even if he won't be directing it).

But THE FLASH has stumbled on the road to production. At first, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER writer Seth Grahame-Smith was set to make his feature directing debut from a script by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET, THE LEGO MOVIE). When that collapsed, DOPE director Rick Famuyiwa stepped in before ultimately departing over the typical "creative differences".

And now we know that screenwriter Joby Harold (of the upcoming KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD) is starting back at square one with a new script for the Scarlet Speedster, who still needs some direction.

Ezra Miller will be starring as Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who acquires unbelievable speed after surviving a freak accident (the movie's superpower origin will likely be altered from the comics' lightning strike).

As the Flash (the second character to bear the name and utilize the Speed Force after Jay Garrick), Allen becomes the red-suited crimefighter of his hometown Central City, while occasionally joining other heroes in the Justice League to keep the entire planet safe from extraordinary threats.

After running through a single TV season back in 1990, the Flash recently returned to television on the popular CW series, currently in its third season with Grant Gustin as the "Fastest Man Alive". In addition to countless comic stories (playing a critical role in the legendary "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event), the crimson-clad metahuman has also appeared in numerous animated series and videogames, including the upcoming sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us.

At this point we don't know who the big-screen Flash will be facing -- maybe villainous speedster Professor Zoom, or the criminal Rogues like Captain Cold, Mirror Master and Weather Wizard? Or perhaps movie will distance itself from the CW series with an obscure or original adversary.

The character's speed also grants him an array of additional powers such as rapid healing, throwing lightning and vibrating through solid objects. Based on the Flash's brief and baffling appearance in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the movie version will also be tapping into some time-travel abilities. And judging by the early peek at JUSTICE LEAGUE, he'll also be displaying a pretty droll sense of humor.

Wherever (and/or whenever) the movie's events take the Flash, who should be in the director's chair?

Tim Miller seems like a fan favorite after DEADPOOL showed his talent for kinetic FX-filled action, irreverent humor and red-suited superheroics. SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (and almost ANT-MAN) director Edgar Wright would do a killer job on another comic book adaptation, although he'd need to be given full creative reign (which seems unlikely) for it to really succeed. For a left-field choice, Wayne Kramer demonstrated an exciting visual acuity on the crime thriller RUNNING SCARED that could make a compelling comic book movie.

Let us know below who you think would be a super selection to direct THE FLASH!

For the previous Cast This column, there were some interesting ideas for Hal Jordan in the planned GREEN LANTERN CORPS movie, including Matt Bomer, John Krasinski, Viggo Mortensen and Jon Hamm. But the favorites seemed to be:

1. Jake Gyllenhaal  2. Clive Standen ("Vikings") 3. Armie Hammer

And for Jordan's Corps partner John Stewart:

1. Sterling K. Brown  2. Idris Elba  3. John Boyega

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:23AM on 02/02/2017
John Michael McDonagh (The Guard,War on Everyone)
John Michael McDonagh (The Guard,War on Everyone)
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7:35PM on 02/01/2017
David Yates? I know he's probably busy with the Harry potter movies but this franchise probably needs him more.
David Yates? I know he's probably busy with the Harry potter movies but this franchise probably needs him more.
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2:47AM on 02/02/2017
It seriously blows my mind that Warner Bros hasn't brought Yates on-board a superhero movie yet.
It seriously blows my mind that Warner Bros hasn't brought Yates on-board a superhero movie yet.
7:13PM on 02/01/2017
My top choices are...
1. Edgar Wright
2. Doug Liman
3. Jon Favreau

Some less popular directors who could also do a good job are Nimrod Antal, Simon West, and Payton Reed.
My top choices are...
1. Edgar Wright
2. Doug Liman
3. Jon Favreau

Some less popular directors who could also do a good job are Nimrod Antal, Simon West, and Payton Reed.
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7:05PM on 02/01/2017
Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt are my top two choices.
Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt are my top two choices.
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6:47PM on 02/01/2017
It would probably never happen, but how about Damien Chazelle? Unrealistic, I know, but he could really bring something fresh to a superhero film. Just trying to think outside the box.
It would probably never happen, but how about Damien Chazelle? Unrealistic, I know, but he could really bring something fresh to a superhero film. Just trying to think outside the box.
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6:33PM on 02/01/2017

Crank!

Get the 2 guys from Crank! Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor. Turn the thing up to 11!
Get the 2 guys from Crank! Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor. Turn the thing up to 11!
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6:18PM on 02/01/2017
Strangely enough, the first 3 choices to reach my mind are 'Die Hard' directors:
John McTiernan
Renny Harlin
Len Wiseman (we might get his ex-wife, Kate Beckinsale in the film !)
Then Joseph Kosinski or more obvious choices like Vaughn...
But, please, no 'brooding' directors like Fincher, Aronofsky or Nolan !
Strangely enough, the first 3 choices to reach my mind are 'Die Hard' directors:
John McTiernan
Renny Harlin
Len Wiseman (we might get his ex-wife, Kate Beckinsale in the film !)
Then Joseph Kosinski or more obvious choices like Vaughn...
But, please, no 'brooding' directors like Fincher, Aronofsky or Nolan !
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4:50PM on 02/01/2017
A few popular choices, who I think would be good, but I guarantee won't direct it: Tim Miller (Sonic is confirmed to be his next project, and he'll be busy with Terminator after that). Edgar Wright (no way in heck is he ever going to do a studio superhero project after the debacle with Marvel). Matthew Vaughn (he's a possibility, but I'm sure Fox is going to do everything they can to keep him in after Kingsman 2).

A handful of suggestions:

Gore Verbinski - Probably my top choice, the
A few popular choices, who I think would be good, but I guarantee won't direct it: Tim Miller (Sonic is confirmed to be his next project, and he'll be busy with Terminator after that). Edgar Wright (no way in heck is he ever going to do a studio superhero project after the debacle with Marvel). Matthew Vaughn (he's a possibility, but I'm sure Fox is going to do everything they can to keep him in after Kingsman 2).

A handful of suggestions:

Gore Verbinski - Probably my top choice, the better Pirates films seem like a perfect Primer for The Flash
Stephen Chow - My 2nd choice, can perfectly balance action and humor and would guarantee the film would do gangbusters in China (honestly, how he hasn't done a Hollywood film yet is beyond me).
David Gordon Green - If he can be tempted by a tentpole picture, he'd be great per Pineapple Express.
Christopher McQuarrie - Rogue Nation had the perfect balance of humor and action for a Flash film
Justin Lin - I hate the F&F films, but Star Trek Beyond seriously impressed me, he's attached to a lot of projects (Hot Wheels, etc) but none of them seem to have firm start dates.
Peter Berg - He's had a couple misfires, but The Rundown makes me think he could do really well with this.
Paul Feig - This will probably be my least popular choice, and I honestly think Ghostbusters was not a good film (nor would it have been if it starred men) but Spy was great and shows that he can balance humor and action.
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4:04PM on 02/01/2017
The guy from The Lego Batman movie. Why not? He recently say he wants to direct a DC movie now. The Russo bros were nobody when they made Winter Soldier and now they are the biggest names in the MCU. And The Flash is already on tv, so the movie don't need to tell a big origin story or anything "important". Just make a fun ride. And the other "Lego guys" were candidates for this movie, so wht not?.
Or just call Mr. Wright, let him do what he wants and then, if the movie is great (probably) we
The guy from The Lego Batman movie. Why not? He recently say he wants to direct a DC movie now. The Russo bros were nobody when they made Winter Soldier and now they are the biggest names in the MCU. And The Flash is already on tv, so the movie don't need to tell a big origin story or anything "important". Just make a fun ride. And the other "Lego guys" were candidates for this movie, so wht not?.
Or just call Mr. Wright, let him do what he wants and then, if the movie is great (probably) we can troll Marvel for fired him.
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3:27PM on 02/01/2017
Was really hoping for a who should direct Batman? Can we have that one next please?

Was really hoping for a who should direct Batman? Can we have that one next please?

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2:23PM on 02/01/2017
" the movie version will also be tapping into some time-travel abilities "

Haha! I guess the nerdy DC fan who called it Speed Flashing or whatever, got it so wrong when trying to correct me during the whole BvS debate!

Anyways i guess it depends on what mood they're going for:

Dark & Gloomy; Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher

Upbeat & Optimistic; Marc Webb (he was technically under Sony not Marvel), Matthew Vaughn.

Honourable mention; Martin Campbell (the man deserves another chance)
" the movie version will also be tapping into some time-travel abilities "

Haha! I guess the nerdy DC fan who called it Speed Flashing or whatever, got it so wrong when trying to correct me during the whole BvS debate!

Anyways i guess it depends on what mood they're going for:

Dark & Gloomy; Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher

Upbeat & Optimistic; Marc Webb (he was technically under Sony not Marvel), Matthew Vaughn.

Honourable mention; Martin Campbell (the man deserves another chance)
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4:23PM on 02/01/2017
I absolutely love Casino Royale and think it is the definition of the perfect Bond movie, but aside from it and Goldeneye, Campbell's track record kind of sucks. Not just Green Lantern but Edge of Darkness, Legend of Zorro, Beyond Borders, heck even the Mask of Zorro is pretty bad in retrospect. Out of the last 20 years, his Bond flicks are the only remotely bright spots on his resume.
I absolutely love Casino Royale and think it is the definition of the perfect Bond movie, but aside from it and Goldeneye, Campbell's track record kind of sucks. Not just Green Lantern but Edge of Darkness, Legend of Zorro, Beyond Borders, heck even the Mask of Zorro is pretty bad in retrospect. Out of the last 20 years, his Bond flicks are the only remotely bright spots on his resume.
1:44PM on 02/01/2017
Matthew Vaughn

Loved what he did with First Class, and Kingsman and think his style and comedic action would greatly benefit The Flash.
Matthew Vaughn

Loved what he did with First Class, and Kingsman and think his style and comedic action would greatly benefit The Flash.
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1:38PM on 02/01/2017

The question shouldn't be

"who should direct The Flash ?" but "Who should write The Flash ?" it has already been answered. Judging by their track record, I wonder how Lord & Miller's script could be anything but decent. You'll never have me believe that their script isn't better than Suicide Squad, and they greenlit this mess. They just have to find a director who knows his way around action scenes and stick to a decent script. What the hell is wrong with Warner ?
"who should direct The Flash ?" but "Who should write The Flash ?" it has already been answered. Judging by their track record, I wonder how Lord & Miller's script could be anything but decent. You'll never have me believe that their script isn't better than Suicide Squad, and they greenlit this mess. They just have to find a director who knows his way around action scenes and stick to a decent script. What the hell is wrong with Warner ?
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4:28PM on 02/01/2017
Totally agree with you. The fact that they didn't go with Lord and Miller's, when they have a pretty near flawless track record at this point, baffles me to no end (and possibly more than any other decision makes me question the studio's judgment in handling the DCEU). Heck, if I could name my dream writers for The Flash, it would pretty much be Lord and Miller.

Aside from them though, Simon Pegg would be my choice for writer. He obviously knows humor and really impressed me with his work on
Totally agree with you. The fact that they didn't go with Lord and Miller's, when they have a pretty near flawless track record at this point, baffles me to no end (and possibly more than any other decision makes me question the studio's judgment in handling the DCEU). Heck, if I could name my dream writers for The Flash, it would pretty much be Lord and Miller.

Aside from them though, Simon Pegg would be my choice for writer. He obviously knows humor and really impressed me with his work on Star Trek Beyond.
12:51PM on 02/01/2017
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12:30PM on 02/01/2017
Matthew Vaughn

I think after KICK-ASS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and KINGSMAN, he can bring the right pace to the film whilst mixing comedy and action.
Matthew Vaughn

I think after KICK-ASS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and KINGSMAN, he can bring the right pace to the film whilst mixing comedy and action.
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11:33AM on 02/01/2017

John Woo

The guy likes his slo-mo and I guess The Flash would have quite a bit.
The guy likes his slo-mo and I guess The Flash would have quite a bit.
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