DC's Flash Movie Will Reportedly Be Directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers
A lot of uncertainty currently hangs over the DC movie universe--there are currently three movies scheduled for release, but many more in various stages of development. One of these is the standalone Flash movie, which will focus on the Flashpoint story from DC's comic books. The film has already lost two directors, but it has now been reported that replacements have been found.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to direct Flashpoint. Daley and Goldstein wrote the screenplay for Marvel's Spider-man: Homecoming, as well as the comedy hit Horrible Bosses. As directors they also helmed 2015's Vacation and the upcoming comedy thriller Game Night.
In November last year, it was reported that Flashpoint was close to being greenlit. The film has had its share of development troubles over the last couple of years; it was first announced in 2015, with Seth Grahame-Smith hired to direct. Grahame-Smith left the production in May 2016, citing "creative differences," with replacement Rick Famuyiwa quitting a few months later for the same reason. Warner then hired Joby Harold to rewrite the entire script. At one stage Back to the Future director Robert Zemekis was in talks to direct, and a recent rumor also suggested that the movie was offered to Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in DC's movies.
The title Flashpoint was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017. It's a reference to the 2011 Flash comic event that put Barry Allen, The Flash, in a very different universe than his own.
In related news, last week it was announced that Shazam will hit theaters on April 19, 2019. It is now the third confirmed movie on DC's slate together with this year's Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2, which arrives in November 2019.