The Flash feature film lands a director

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Oct 7, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The Flash movie is finally picking up speed, but there's an unexpected choice behind the camera.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Seth Grahame-Smith will write and direct The Flash. Grahame-Smith is best known as the author of the best-selling mashup novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. His screenwriting credits include the 2012 adaptation of the the latter and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, released that same year. He's also writing a Beetlejuice sequel and LEGO Batman.

His feature directing credits include ... uh, wait a sec. He doesn't have any feature directing credits.

Grahame-Smith's complete resume as a director to date consists of two episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, an MTV comedy he co-created. He has never directed a full-length theatrical motion picture, but he's just been handed the reins of what is sure to be a complicated, $150 million (at least) superhero movie with extensive visual effects. 

This is surprising, to say the least. Even Colin Trevorrow and the Russos had some smaller motion pictures under their belts before getting their jobs on Jurassic World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, respectively. Grahame-Smith can't even boast that.

And to be honest, his screenwriting credentials are not that thrilling, either. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was mediocre at best, while Dark Shadows was flat-out dismal. I've never read Grahame-Smith's novels, simply because the mashup idea doesn't appeal to me, but I know they have legions of devoted fans.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) were originally on board to write and direct The Flash, and did pen a treatment, but left to go make the Han Solo Star Wars movie for Disney.

So, what do we make of this? Maybe Grahame-Smith will pull it out -- always a possibility, and, to be fair, we can't really judge until we see something of the finished movie -- but this leaves me a little concerned about the choices they're making over there at the DC Cinematic Universe. 

The Flash, starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, opens on March 3, 2018, but we're likely to briefly meet him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first.