After a stuttering start, it seems as though The Flash standalone movie has secured it’s directors in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Warner Bros. has definitely been playing the long game with this one so far. Back in 2015 Dark Shadows writer Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write and direct, but he was replaced by Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa following the release of There’s Something About Martha…sorry…Batman vs Superman. Then in November 2016, just a few months before filming was set to begin on The Flash, Famuyiwa left the project citing the old chestnut of ‘creative differences’. But it now seems as though the scarlet speedster has found some firmer footing in duo Daley and Goldstein.
It was initially reported in January that the Horrible Bosses screenwriters were in talks to direct the movie, titled Flashpoint. But during the press junket for their current theatrical release, Date Night, the filmmakers clarified that the deal with Warner Bros. and DC was still ongoing. Sources close to the process have now confirmed that Daley and Goldstein have indeed reached an agreement to bring the The Flash solo movie to the big screen. Daley himself even confirmed as much on Twitter, which is as good as any contract nowadays.
It’s happening! pic.twitter.com/Ga8vF6EnGG
— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) March 3, 2018
It’s not yet known if the directors will be working from an existing script, but judging by their screenplay writing duties on Spider-Man: Homecoming the duo are certainly more than comfortable and capable of creating a superhero story with a young hero. Reviews of their most recent release Game Night also show they can direct a cinematic, engaging action-comedy with a sizable budget.
It’s no secret that the DCEU has struggled to find the right direction for their slate of movies so far. Some excellent progress was made with Wonder Woman, but the universe seemed to take significant steps backward when Justice League received poor reviews. Recently Warner Bros. has been taking steps to right the ship though, and hiring Daley & Goldstein to helm Flashpoint is absolutely a great choice in our book. Let’s just hope they can fix Ezra Miller looking like a slow motion Stretch Armstrong when he’s running!
Flashpoint is due for release in 2020.