Earlier this year, Warner Bros. film chief, Greg Silverman, said that “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.”
It’s an exciting statement, but what does it mean? What master filmmakers will our greatest superheroes be handed to? So much uncertainty. Until now.
Grahame-Smith is the celebrated director of the two greatest episodes of MTV’s THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER and the writer of countless pop confections like ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. When the WB film chief promised us a master filmmaker, we couldn’t have possibly imagined that the film gods would give us the gift of this maestro.
The war between the masters at DC and the working-class chumps at Marvel continues to rage. When hires like this happen, Marvel must be shaking in their boots. DC’s master stable of storyteller ingenues includes Zack Snyder, David Ayer, Patty Jenkins, James Wan, and now Seth Grahame-Smith. That is insane. Those names next to each other makes me feel like they are moments away from starting their own justice league of filmmaking geniuses. It’s definitely more prestigious than Marvel’s Jon Favreau, Louis Letterier, Kenneth Branagh, Joe Johnston, Joss Whedon, Shane Black, Alan Taylor, Anthony & Joe Russo, James Gunn, Scott Derrickson, Jon Watts, and Taika Waititi. Those guys seem more like Alpha Flight to me.
For now, there isn’t much known about the classic-in-the-making movie about the scarlet speedster. All we can do is look to Grahame-Smith’s oeuvre for hints of what is to come. I’m sure that his lone directorial offerings, ‘Saving Dick’ and ‘Deadliest Crotch’ from his RJ Berger television romp, will give us more than enough greatness to satiate us in the three years leading up to THE FLASH.