The Flash Enlists ‘Vacation’ Directing Duo for ‘Flashpoint’ Solo Film
Listen, “From (two of) the writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming…” definitely sounds more attractive than “From the directors of the Vacation reboot,” but you’ll have to just split the difference with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein — and hey, they have a 50-50 (or 25-75?) shot of making a great Flashpoint movie for DC Films…which is a long-winded way of reporting that Daley and Goldstein are in talks to helm Ezra Miller’s big solo project for Warner Bros.
(TBH even “From that one kid on Freaks and Geeks and his writing partner” sounds better than “From the visionary directors of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”)
Per Variety, Daley and Goldstein are set to become the first directors hired since WB’s recent shakeup of the DC Films division, which saw New Line’s Walter Hamada (the executive producer of IT and The Conjuring franchise) step in to oversee the struggling comic book universe. The duo are currently in talks to helm Flashpoint, the solo movie featuring Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, aka The Flash — one of the few great highlights of last fall’s disastrous Justice League.
Dope director Rick Famuyiwa was the last filmmaker attached to Flashpoint, following Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure from the project early on. According to the report, WB wanted Ben Affleck to direct the film, but the actor declined (despite recently expressing a lingering desire to direct a Batman movie).
While the studio hunted for a new director (or in this case, directors), they enlisted King Arthur: Legend of the Sword writer Joby Harold to rework the screenplay.
Flashpoint takes its name from the DC Comics arc of the same name, which envisions a timeline where it was Bruce Wayne — not his father — who died, while Thomas Wayne went on to become the Batman; and Cyborg is hailed as Earth’s most beloved superhero, not Superman. WB has yet to set a release date for Flashpoint, but with Miller busy filming the Fantastic Beasts sequel, the studio has plenty of time to sort out their scheduling.