So Rick Famuyiwa is no longer directing The Flash. Bummer.
I don't say that lightly or flippantly, it is a bummer that things didn't work out for him with that gig, the same way it was a bummer when Seth Grahame-Smith left the job before him.
That being said, this isn't that big of a deal. At all. Directors leave projects all the time and while some departures can put a movie into production hell, this isn't going to be one of those times. The Flash is a DC Extended Universe property with a main character that has already been cameoed twice in DCEU movies and will be featured heavily in Justice League. His movie is GOING to get made, whether it releases in March of 2018 or not.
So if you're one of the many fans that are angry at Warner Bros. yet again for what you think is "studio meddling" or if you are blaming Geoff Johns for this and desperately want Zack Snyder back in charge of the whole thing, or if you are just convinced that everything done with the DCEU just turns into a failure......step away from the ledge and calm down.
Remember when Edgar Wright left Ant-Man and was replaced by the guy who directed Bring It On, Peyton Reed? I remember. A lot of fans were upset and suddenly all of these "problems" about the movie were being reported in terms of production issues and Reed having such a "lesser" vision for the movie than Wright must have had, because if there's anything that we can all do so well it's read minds and predict the future and we used that ability to determine just how much worse Reed's version of Ant-Man was going to be than Wright's. It would be the talk of the town in the negative sense, known forever as Marvel's first true clunker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Then the critics loved it (surprise, it's Disney-Marvel), it did $519.4 million worldwide and was successful enough to validate Paul Rudd's Scott Lang being put into Captain America: Civil War and also Marvel Studios green-lighting a sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, that hadn't been previously announced in MCU scheduling plans.
I'm sure the Edgar Wright fans think that his version would have made a billion dollars. Delirious notion at best. Hilarious, but certifiable.
So there's your biggest example of a major comic book movie losing its director and moving on with a new one. Granted, The Flash has now lost two directors but what is the worry with the movie still being at least 17 months away from any kind of release?
Well that's actually easy: The worry comes from the "shaky" state of the DCEU as a whole, or at least what the fanboys and critics perceive to be a shaky state. No movies with fresh ratings from Rotten Tomatoes AKA "The Wikipedia of movies," constant complaints about editing and having a too serious tone, and the reshuffling done this year with the executives after the critical thrashing of Batman v Superman at the box office. If not for all of that along with the doom and gloom attitude coming from the bloggers and fanboys, this news might not even make a lot of people flinch.
If there is one thing that we love to do now on the Internet, it's overreact. I mean seriously, we love doing it. It's an addiction for us and we can't stop. Whatever new piece of news comes our way about anything we have passion for, it seems to be our duty to analyze it immediately without any context or forward thinking and just assume the worst about it. That is the case here, with so many people becoming Famuyiwa fans when so many of them likely have never even seen Dope, his most recent claim to fame as a director. I haven't seen it either so I can't comment on it, but I can comment on how silly people are acting yet again about the DCEU.
The bottom line is that WB and DC will hire a new director, they will all get on the same page in terms of tone, expectation and desired results and The Flash will be made into a big budget, full-length feature film. Whether it happens before the Aquaman movie or the solo Batman movie remains to be seen, but it doesn't matter because if you are going to lose a director at all, better to do it before you've even shot any of the movie itself. Just as DC and WB found Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, they will find another director to fit their vision for this project and at the end of the day it won't matter if it took three, four or even five directors before they found one that stuck because when the movie comes out, that director's vision will be the only one that actually exists that we can talk about.