Flashpoint, the standalone Flash film starring Ezra Miller is finally getting not just one, but two directors. The film is an adaptation of the storyline penned by Geoff Johns and a favorite among DC and Flash fans. In the story, we see Barry Allen/The Flash using his powers to go back in time and save his mother, which leads to drastically changing the timeline and the fate of the other DC superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and Aquaman.
Variety‘s latest report states that director-screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were tapped to be the film’s new directors. This is very good news, considering that the film’s production has been on hold for almost three years due to changes in directors. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the screenplay for the LEGO Batman movie was initially tapped to direct the film before leaving in April 2016. Rick Famuyiwa, director of Sundance film Dope, replaced Smith in June 2016, but also exited in December 2016. Both directors left due to “creative differences”. There were also reports of Ben Affleck turning down the offer to direct the Miller starrer. Warner Bros. has yet to comment on Variety’s report.
Daley and Goldstein are not new to the superhero genre. In fact, the duo wrote the screenplay for Marvel’s Spiderman: The Homecoming. They’ve also written for films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Horrible Bosses. Fans of the crime drama Bones might find Daley familiar as he played the show’s comical psychologist Lance Sweets.
Daley and Goldstein’s entrance comes at a crucial time, with Warner Bros. making changes at DC Entertainment after getting lukewarm reception for its superhero flicks. With a strong storyline, new directors with superhero blockbuster experience, and New Line’s Walter Hamada at the helm of DC Entertainment, the Flash movie might just be the turning point for Warner Bros.
The movie is slated for release in 2020.