With the recent news that the team in control of DC’s current projects is receiving a shake up, following the very mixed reception of Batman v Superman (BvS) this feels like a good time to take a look at one of the projects that’s in limbo, The Flash. The film currently has no director attached after Seth Graham-Smith’s departure, which was probably for the best, so here’s a run down of my top 10 potential (and some just wishful) directors that could take the helm.
- Firstly, to get it out the way because it would never happen, there’s Richard Donner who brought us not only the first two Christopher Reeve Superman instalments but The Goonies, Lethal Weapon and Scrooged. The problem being he’s in his late eighties and no longer directing, which is a real shame as he could bring that sense of wonder that we should get from the character while retaining the sharp humour, enough to perhaps create a film that would be on the lighter side and potentially reach audiences better than BvS, to please the studio.
- Going in a completely different direction, Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) could give us The Flash for the adult generation, separating it completely from the CW series. The darkness and comedy that Vaughan shows in his work could make for another great comic book film, but being currently busy filming the follow up to Kingsman and having previously made X-Men: First Class, it’s highly unlikely and that maybe he’s just on team Marvel.
- Then there’s the more obvious choice of, depending on the reception of Suicide Squad, David Ayer; he’s already attached to DC and again could give us a version of The Flash which isn’t quite as PG. This is definitely a more likely option but without being able to see his current work on the big screen, it’s difficult to tell, although the amount of hype around the film still months from release could give the studio even more confidence in him as a director, to hire him for other films.
- James Gunn would be a perfect choice if he weren’t solidly with Marvel working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, to give a perfect blend of action, wit and genuine feeling. It’s a real shame that the move is practically an impossibility because his style would blend really well with the character of The Flash.
- Although currently pre-occupied with the next Planet of the Apes film (potentially at least), Matt Reeves, who also directed Cloverfield could make for a good choice, he has definite experience in action as well as decent storytelling, and an eye for something different. Now the Planet of the Apes films have been received well but no one is shouting about them and in all fairness they’ve practically disappeared within a fairly short amount of time since their release…but there’s still something there that could very much be used in a superhero platform.
- Another director that is currently quite busy but would make for an interesting choice is Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith, Edge of Tomorrow), his filmography pretty much speaks for itself as to why he’d make a good fit. He’s done comedy, action, drama and sci-fi and chucking the load of that into a blender, the result could definitely work for The Flash.
- A slightly less thought of comic book film director is Guillermo del Toro, having worked on Hellboy, he’s definitely familiar with the genre and with such an eye for detail and being able to get a little gritty without losing heart or humour, he could make for another great choice.
- Then there’s the director that hasn’t had the greatest experience with comic book films as of late, Edgar Wright, having worked on Ant-Man right up till a fraction before filming began and leaving the project, he might not be so keen to jump back in but it could work. Looking at what he did with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the Cornetto trilogy, he could easily make a version The Flash worth getting into cinemas for; but when we don’t know exactly what prompted his exit from Ant-Man, maybe big blockbuster productions aren’t for him.
- Going slightly outside the box, Wes Anderson‘s wonderful and eclectic signature style could make for a fantastic superhero film, it will obviously never happen because he would be much too indie for such a big production’s tastes, but it would none the less be extremely entertaining to see.
- Lastly, even more outside the box of a choice and veering into even darker territory than BvS, it can’t just be me who’d also love to see a David Fincher superhero film. Combining the brilliant storytelling of his films, and turning something akin to his version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with the wit of The Social Network and throwing in some villain fighting goodness, could just be amazing, but again this is one that is not likely to ever occur.
Then there’s the option that the studio could go with someone completely unknown to take over the project and try to add something fresh, while still remaining true to the DC version of things, rather than attempting to copy the Marvel formula which should be left well enough alone. Although one definite thing DC could take from Marvel is following in the footsteps of Thor: Ragnarok and hiring a director that may not be well known but has serious potential, such as Taika Waititi (although after his part in the Green Lantern atrocity, joining team Marvel was probably a good idea). As of this moment it’s unclear what direction The Flash will head in but with a 2018 release date, ironically, they need to speed up the decision.