The DC Extended Universe has had an interesting last 12 months or so. In that span, we’ve seen sequels and spinoffs announced left and right, we’ve seen directors come and go from The Batman, and of course, we’ve also seen Rick Famuyiwa depart from his directing duties for The Flash. This was especially disheartening, since Famuyiwa had really shown his storytelling chops in Dope, and audiences were really looking forward to seeing how it would transfer over to the likes of The Flash.
However, when one door closes, another opens. Just like Ben Affleck leaving The Batman paved the way for Matt Reeves to take the helm, Famuyiwa’s departure has left the seat open for another real talent to board the project. The man on deck to take said helm is none other than Robert Zemeckis. If you somehow do not recognize Zemeckis’ name, he’s the man responsible for such classics as Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Needless to say, the prospect has us all very excited.
The scoop comes courtesy of the folks over at ScreenJunkies, and while this is great news, it’s important to state that he is still in early talks, so there is still the possibility that this will fall through. That being said, his boarding the project would be very much in keeping with DC Films turning to incredibly established and reliable talent to adapt their films. Between Zack Snyder, James Wan, Matt Reeves, and Joss Whedon, it’s clear that DC’s approach is very different from Marvel’s, for better or worse.
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Not only is this a great move for DC, but I also think this is a good move for Zemeckis. Back in the ‘90s, the idea of a Zemeckis project was exciting. He would also utilize technology in a unique way, but at the same time, the stories portrayed would always be front-and-center — not just an afterthought. As soon as Zemeckis started working on his CG films, however, I feel like we transitioned into a much less interesting period. More recently, Zemeckis has seemed to go back into character-based films like Flight, but even still, the thrill of seeing one of his films has somewhat diminished.
Enter The Flash. This is a fun, fast-paced character that seems well-suited to Zemeckis of yore. What’s more, the Flash character invites all kinds of time-twisting plotlines that Zemeckis could have a great time exploring. Perhaps with a great character like this under his guidance, Zemeckis could rekindle that enthusiasm I once had for him.
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SOURCE: Screen Junkies