Director Seth Grahame-Smith has dropped out of Warner Bros.'s The Flash over "creative differences," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Grahame-Smith reportedly signed onto the project in late 2015, with plans for Ezra Miller to reprise his role as DC's Scarlet Speedster from his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
If these reports are accurate, Warner Bros. will continue to use Grahame-Smith's script, which was based on a draft by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The Flash was Grahame-Smith's first job as a feature film director, after earning a name writing both the prose novel and big-screen adaptations of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
This is the second such high-profile departure of a director from a DC tentpole film. Original Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren departed that film prior to production, also citing "creative differences".
WB has previously stated that their approach to the DC film universe is to leave the movies in the hands of their individual creators.
"We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other,” WB film chief Greg Silverman previously told THR. “You'll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on."
The Flash is scheduled for release March 3, 2018.