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The Flash: Director Sam Raimi Passes & Actor Billy Crudup Drops Out

Yesterday, we reported that directors Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, and Sam Raimi were all frontrunners to helm DC Film’s upcoming film, The Flash. Ever since Rick Famuyiwa left the project last year, it seems to have had some real trouble gaining momentum. Between script rewrites and an ending stream of director rumors, this Justice League member can’t seem to get his standalone flick off the ground.

Well, it sounds like we may be approaching a decision from DC Films. According to EW, you can cross off one director: Sam Raimi. The outlet reports that both he and Marc Webb (both Spider-Man directors, interestingly enough) have passed on the director position. As of the report last night, the current frontrunner is still Robert Zemeckis, the genius behind such films as Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Sam Raimi and Marc Webb weren’t the only losses for the film. The outlet continues, stating that Billy Crudup, who signed on to play Barry Allen’s father in the film, has also left the project. There are, of course, a myriad of reasons why this could be the case. Crudup likely has plenty of other acting obligations, and with The Flash’s future still in the air, it’s not out of the question that it has to do with scheduling conflicts. That being said, it is a bit odd, especially since we’ve already seen a shot of Crudup in the Justice League trailer. Does this dropout mean that he’ll be replaced in The Flash, or just an indication that his character won’t even be around in the film? We’ll have to wait and see.

This is all just the latest in the never-ending drama that is the DCEU. Here’s hoping that Warner Bros. is able to announce a director sooner rather than later (but not too soon, because we’ve seen what happens when it’s too soon).

Who do you want to see directing the upcoming Flash movie, and is it a bad sign we may already have a minor character recast in this universe? Let us know in the comments down below!

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