Superhero movies are having a tough time lately. First it was Tim Miller’s shocking exit from Deadpool 2 over creative differences, and then composer Junkie XL’s subsequent departure from the movie in solidarity. Then, it was Rick Famuyiwa who dropped out of The Flash movie, and while there’s no confirmed reason as to why, he made it clear that this was probably another creative differences situation as well. We were all pretty bummed, as he seemed so excited when he talked about drafting the script. The actors who have signed on to the film are no less disappointed, including Kiersey Clemons, who said that she found his departure “very upsetting.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clemons, who will be playing Iris West and previously worked with Famuyiwa on 2015’s Sundance standout Dope, was disappointed when she heard about the director’s exit.

Rick was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the movie. So him not being a part of it is obviously very upsetting to me.

This is actually not the first time this has happened to The Flash: earlier this year, Seth Grahame-Smith, whose name you might recognize from those Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mashup novels, departed the film due to, all together now, creative differences. Which begs the question, what exactly is happening with these studios all of a sudden? Have Marvel and Warner Bros. gone through some policy change that forces them to be stricter with what their directors are allowed to depict? Have they been hiring more and more directors who are used to being given creative freedom in the indie scene, and as soon as they realize what kind of machine they’ve become a part of, they lose interest and choose to opt out? Either way, it’s discouraging for fans who’d like to see an update in how all these origin stories are made, and who enjoy the prospect of adding fresh, new faces to the mix.

Clemons doesn’t sound like she’s disappointed enough to follow Famuyiwa out the door, for which we should all be grateful. She told THR:

All I can do is give it up to the gods. Let's see what happens. Let's see who's going to jump in. Ezra and I are going to do what we promised to do from the beginning. No matter who the director is, I am going to do what I think Iris should be.

The Flash is still in pre-production and still looking at a March 16, 2018 opening, but there’s no telling what’ll happen now as Warner Bros. heads back to the drawing board to find a new director.

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