Production of Hollywood blockbusters can be a difficult thing. With such high stakes and astronomical budgets, development tends to be public so that buzz and anticipation can grow. Unfortunately, this means that any steps backward are also public. This is exactly what happened with the DC Extended Universe's upcoming Flash movie, which recently lost its director Rick Famuyiwa. This dramatic change apparently happened due to creative differences behind the scenes, but it has left the Flash crew without a leader. And considering how Famuyiwa's activity in casting the project, the cast is presumably rather let down by the Dope director dumping the project.
Actress Kiersey Clemons is set to play Iris West in both Justice League and The Flash. She recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Rick Famuyiwa's sudden departure, saying:
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. 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.
What a class act. While Kiersey Clemons may be disappointed that she'll no longer be working with Rick Famuyiwa, she's still got a job to do. And she's going to do it well.
It should come to no surprise that Kiersey Clemons is bummed out about Rick Famuyiwa leaving The Flash. The actress worked alongside Famuyiwa in 2015's Dope. The film was very well received by critics, and helped put Clemons on the map as a serious actress. Her great working relationship with the director is apparently why she signed on to join the DC Extended Universe, so now she's understandably upset that Famuyiwa will no longer be apart of the project.
Of course, this can't be the only reason Kiersey Clemons joined The Flash. Superhero movies are the hottest genre out there right now, and have the ability to catapult lesser known actors into bonafide superstardom. Plus the insane budgets make for some fun paychecks for actors who might not be making as much as A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence.
Kiersey Clemons is first jumping into the DC Extended Universe during the events of Justice League, before moving on to her starring role The Flash. Her character Iris is traditionally Barry Allen/The Flash's love interest, so if the DCEU continues expanding we have a lot of Clemons to look forward to. The DCEU has also been aggressive with their use of crossovers, who knows where else Iris could pop up in the future.