I’m not gonna break any big news here by telling you the DC Extended Universe hasn’t had the best go of it so far. From critically reviled outings, to laughably silly ones, to a flagship team-up movie that left everyone pretty underwhelmed, the DC Comics heroes franchise only has one bonafide success to boast–last year’s excellent Wonder Woman. Some of the announced movies aren’t fairing much better, with Ben Affleck doing less and less on The Batman, and The Flashmoving losing director after director. Variety is reporting on Tuesday that the latter might again have a captain…or two.
Writing team turned directing team John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have evidently been tapped to direct the upcoming Flashpoint film, the solo moving starring the Scarlet Speedster that will inevitably (based on the title’s source material) rewrite a lot of the continuity of the DCEU. Previously, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Rick Famuyiwa were all at one time attached to direct, after which time names like Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, and Sam Raimi were being bandied about.
Daley and Goldstein directed the reboot of Vacation in 2015 as well as this year’s upcoming Game Night, and the pair’s writing credits include Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. They’re no strangers to the superhero genre having written the story and early drafts for Spider-Man: Homecoming. By bringing in the duo, DC seems to be leaning toward a bit more comedy, given Ezra Miller’s Flash was the stand-out comedic role of Justice League. While the Flash is traditionally a more comedic character, Flashpoint is a pretty heavy, unfunny affair, what with rewriting history by averting his mother’s death and all.
Warner Bros had no comment on the news, but we’ll see if Daley and Goldstein remain attached or if they too appear on the growing list of people who nearly directed a Flash movie.
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