It was hardly short of work, but “creative differences” must have become the most overused phrase in Hollywood. It was trotted out earlier this year when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the Han Solo spin-off, and when Colin Trevorrow was jettisoned from Star Wars: Episode IX. Ditto when Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man in 2014, while there was a tart whiff of you-know-what about the reshoots on Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One.
Then there have been high-profile conflicts during production, as with Josh Trank on Fantastic Four, and last-minute balks such as Warner’s decision not to let Ben Affleck direct as well as be The Batman. It’s hard not to conclude that, in the blockbuster world, directors – far from