A number of DC movie projects have had very bumpy roads to fruition, but at least they’ve managed to get made. The planned Flash movie, titled Flashpoint, has been on the agenda since the DC cinematic universe was first being formed, and it still can’t hold a director.
Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of The LEGO Batman Movie and producer on It) and Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa have been attached to direct at different stages, but “creative differences” led to their exits. Now we have a duo circling, so hopefully this marks the real kick-off point for the long-gestating DC project.
According to Variety, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have entered negotiations to take the helm of Flashpoint, which is to star Ezra Miller as the DC Comics speedster. Warner Bros. is keen for a more comedic superhero pic here, so Daley and Goldstein are an understandable choice for the studio. The duo wrote and directed 2015 comedy Vacation, have directed the upcoming Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams comedy Game Night, and have screenwriting credits with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Horrible Bosses 2. They also have experience in the superhero realm, having been on the writing team of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
There’s apparently been no rush on getting a new director, since Miller is about to be busy shooting Fantastic Beasts sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Warner Bros. has also been busy shuffling their DC movie creative heads to course-correct their universe.
Following Famuyiwa’s exit, WB decided to change up Flashpoint‘s direction, hiring King Arthur: Legend of the Sword scribe Joby Harold to pen a page-one rewrite.