Rumor: Is Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure the first of many changes coming to the DCCU?


The DC Cinematic Universe has been in the news a lot today and a majority of them are negative news. In light of the news that Seth Grahame-Smith would be departing The Flash comes behind-the-scenes rumors that things are looking pretty bad over at Warner Bros. According to Birth.Movies.Death, there are some big changes are currently brewing in regards to Warner Bros’ DC Comics properties.

According to the site, Warner Bros is at odds with Zack Snyder over his vision for the Justice League movie and the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe.“Lots of fights between Snyder and the WB execs, and lots of pressure from Burbank on Snyder, who is shooting in London,” Faraci wrote. Seeing that Justice League started filming weeks after Batman v Superman was released, there weren’t many changes that Warner Bros. could do without jeopardizing the box office numbers of Batman v Superman; including replacing Snyder or delaying the movie. The lackluster reviews and box office performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has put Warner Bros on edge to make sure that Snyder doesn’t create another critical and box office disappointment.

As for James Wan he could be next director to leave over creative differences as Wan is feeling tremendously apprehensive about Aquaman. “Aquaman needs Wan, and right now Wan is trying to decide if he needs that hassle,” as Faraci wrote. It’s not surprising as Wan went through a difficult time with Fast 7 and Wan is most comfortable creating terrifying horror films. With The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out, Wan is set to make a good amount of money at a fraction of the cost that it would take to create Aquaman.

It’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out as the only film to be impacted by the fallout of Batman v Superman seems to be The Flash. From the outside looking in, DC Comics needs a lot of help bringing everything together under one cohesive unit. Warner Bros needs to find their own version of Kevin Feige (see: Bruce Timm or Geoff Johns) and learn to trust in their “Feige” and let the money just roll in. Overcomplicating the entire slate by micro-managing everything is not going to bring the DC Comics universe any closer to Marvel’s success.

Of course, this is all of is considered rumors right now and everything could be all fine and dandy over at Warner Bros. However, with Batman v Superman “only” making $855 million worldwide (estimated to make at least a billion dollars), I find these rumors to be not shocking at all. I guess we’ll find out when the next couple of DC Comics films is released in theaters.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, and Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017.

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  • Achirae

    I must say, I’m rather glad that DC is taking a good, hard look at their franchise and realizing that there is indeed a problem. Too many companies are willing to think that they know better than their audiences and decide to push on anyway (Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, anyone?).

    There’s no denying that Zack Snyder is a talented director, and is certainly capable of creating a wonderful superhero movie. A few details aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Man of Steel, and had high hopes for BvS.

    BvS unfortunately showed me that even the best of directors can fall victim to too much hubris. Zack figured that because he knew “The Dark Knight Returns” so well and went to such lengths to infuse his movie with its essence, that he was doing justice (pun intended) to Batman. What Zack didn’t realize is that DKR is an alternate future storyline, a one-shot graphic novel, and Batman’s tactics and behavior in that environment are vastly different from what Batman actually is and stands for.

    What Zack, or any superhero director for that matter, needs, is an on-set expert Nerd. Someone who will look at the script and say, “Whoa, you’ve got Batman branding people? You’ve got him KILLING people??? No. Re-write that. Do it differently, do it better.” Someone that will look at Affleck and say, “K, Loving the talent I’m seeing here, but you’re the freaking BATMAN! Be smarter than this! Be better than this!”

    DC’s been behind Marvel for a while now, and they’ve now had a very shaky start coming out of the gate. They’ve got the characters and the stories to catch up with, I just hope that they can find their feet and avoid any further debacles.