Undoubtedly, the man that stole the show in Justice League was Ezra Miller as The Flash. He was witty, smart, hilarious, and just downright entertaining to watch. It only makes sense that WB would want to utilize this character to the fullest and putting him in a broody, downtrodden film simply won’t do. That’s why when the latest Flashpoint director, Rick Famuyiwa, left the project, WB decided to trash the idea and have Joby Harold do a Page 1 Rewrite, taking the movie in a new direction.
According to a report by Variety, that new direction happens to be comedic as Warner Bros. is in negotiations with the directing duo, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the new project. The duo is responsible for creating the latest Vacation movie and the upcoming Jason Bateman film, Game Night.
While you may not be too keen on them, due to their directorial resume, consider that these two are responsible for penning the script for the massively successful Spider-man Homecoming film. Now they’ll take their talents to Marvel‘s competitor and try to make a successful solo film with Barry Allen.
The report states that WB took their time in finding their director, as Ezra Miller is currently filming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, but it’s also important to note that this news does come on the heels of Walter Hamada being promoted to oversee all comic book movies for WB. Perhaps, this was part of his reshuffling to breath new life into the DCEU that was once a dark, brooding universe.
One thing that the duo has going for them is that The Flash solo film will not start with Flashpoint. A story like that seems like it would be too serious and dark for a comedy duo to produce. Furthermore, it’s better to let Flash shine in his own movie, before they bring him back down to Earth and create a whole new timeline. That’s a story that is best saved for a Flash sequel, after all the DC characters have been established. Not allowing DC to get too far ahead of themselves may be what Hamada is doing to make a successful universe for DC.
The Flash film, possibly no longer Flashpoint, is set to release in 2020.