The character of The Flash is currently running on two conflicting paths, and it’s strange to watch. On one hand, The Flash is toplining a successful, intricate and multi-tiered weekly television show on The CW. The series has played with several of Flash’s most iconic villains, explored time travel and alternate Earths, and does it all with a powerful mix of casting chemistry, comic-book wit and pop-culture humor. Over in the film world, however, The Flash is a ship without a rudder, a movie with a release date, yet no director steering this superhero tentpole into port.

My suggestion? Let one side of the equation help the other.

Clerks director Kevin Smith recently tried his hand at directing an episode of The CW’s The Flash. And not just any episode. Arriving at a pivotal moment in the show’s second-season storyline, the Smith-directed "The Runaway Dinosaur" had Barry (Grant Gustin) conversing with The Speed Force, reuniting with his mother (sort of), declaring his true feelings for Iris, and getting his powers back after a multi-episode lag. A lot happened, and Smith handled it beautifully. So much so that, if he wanted it, I think this TV episode of The Flash could be Smith’s audition for taking over the DC Cinematic Universe’s feature-length take on The Flash. Believe it or not, I honestly believe Kevin Smith would be a great choice for this gig, or these reasons:

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It Wouldn't Be His Script
Like him or not, Kevin Smith is a filmmaker with decades of experience behind the camera and in the editing room. Even though he took a self-imposed break from filmmaking to grow his podcast empire, Smith still regularly delivered lower-budget features based on his own scripts when they entertained him (see Tusk or the upcoming Yoga Hosers, as recent examples). Smith’s a proficient filmmaker, and he even excels when he isn’t mired in the usual dick and fart jokes that litter his screenplays… a fact that was proven, once again, by his work on "The Runaway Dinosaur." The moments, in particular, that featured either Cisco or Iris trying to reach Barry through the void reminded me of Smith’s skill as a sci-fi and comic-book visualist.

Now, Smith likely had a good team in place from The CW, but he’d also have a good team in place if he were to take the reins for DC and Warner Bros.’ planned The Flash. When director Seth Grahame-Smith decided to leave over creative differences, the rumor was that the script Warner had in place would remain (save for rewrites, which are par for the course). If the story is set, Smith could step in, punch up what they have, and deliver a stellar introduction to a big-screen Barry Allen, starring Ezra Miller.

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