If Marvel started the arms race of getting quirky people to direct their superhero movies by hiring Taika Waititi to helm “Thor: Ragnarok,” DC is following right behind. Today, word has arrived about who will get behind the camera for “The Flash,” and it’s an unexpected choice.
THR reports that Seth Grahame-Smith will helm and write the Ezra Miller starring movie for Warner Bros. The author has quickly made a strong imprint in Hollywood, writing the screenplay for the adaptation of his book, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and becoming pals with Tim Burton, writing the wretched “Dark Shadows,” and the developing “Beetlejuice 2.” Not only that, next year the long brewing adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” hits the big screen, plus he’s penning the “Lego Batman” flick.
Still, handing him the directing gig of a big superhero movie marks some tremendous trust by WB. The only other helming credits Grahame-Smith has is a couple of episodes of “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” That said, these days effects sequences are handled by veteran digital crews, and if you surround a filmmaker with a good team, making the leap to a blockbuster is a bit easier.
“The Flash” opens on March 23, 2018 and Miller will make his introduction as the character in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.”