Few celebrities have managed to attain the high level of authority in comic book matters that Kevin Smith has developed over the years. From the dialogue in his movies, to his beloved podcasts, to his involvement behind the scenes with DC Entertainment, the man has proven that he knows his stuff. This passion recently translated into an awesome opportunity to get behind the camera for an episode of The Flash, and it’s an episode many of us are eagerly waiting for. Smith has only recently amped up our anticipation even further by admitting that he considers the episode to be the best piece of directing on his lengthy resume.
It is wonderful, dude. First cut was 55-minutes, of my episode of The Flash that I directed. We got it down to the running time, it's 42-minutes. It may be my favorite thing I've ever directed.
Kevin Smith made that bold statement during a recent episode of his popular Fatman On Batman podcast. He believes wholeheartedly that the recent episode of The Flash that he had the privilege to direct may in fact represent the pinnacle of all of his directing efforts. This is really saying something when we consider the strong resume he has developed over the years. Throughout the course of his career, Kevin Smith has fostered a rabid cult following that seems to devour any and every entry into his View Askewniverse. For him to believe that this upcoming episode of The Flash trounces those films in terms of directorial quality seems to indicate that we as fans are in for a treat.
Of course, Kevin Smith did clarify his point to admit that he doesn’t think that the upcoming episode of The Flash represents the pinnacle of his creative talent. He simply thinks it represents his best work to date as a director.
Now that doesn't mean like I suddenly don't like the movies that I directed. I wrote and directed those things. But this, just as a directing exercise — removing scripts and sh*t like that and about how I personally feel about material, whether or not it generated from me — I think this is hands down my best directing job I've ever done. Just directing. I feel good, and I've gotten some nice praise from upstairs. Sounds like I will be able to go back, unless they catch me with a dead girl or a live boy. I think I will be able to go back.
Kevin Smith has spent the better part of his career developing his projects from the ground up. From the Clerks films, to Dogma, to Chasing Amy; they all originated from his own ideas. This coming episode of The Flash really distinguishes itself because it marks a rare opportunity for Smith to shoot within an existing property and universe that he did not create. You can check out the Fatman On Batman podcast in its entirety below to get a better sense of what Smith had to say regarding the matter:
We will just have to wait and see if Kevin Smith is right about the quality of the coming Flash episode. Between his skill as a filmmaker, and his passion as a comic book fan, we think it might prove to be one of the best episodes of the series to date. Smith’s episode of The Flash will air next month on The CW.