John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein In Talks to Direct ‘The Flash’ Standalone Film
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
It looks like we may finally get the standalone Flash film off the ground after all as DC and Warner Bros. look to finally get a director, or in the case, directors on board for the movie.
In an exclusive report by Variety, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to helm Flashpoint, the standalone Flash feature starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.
According to the report, Ben Affleck was approached to direct the highly anticipated solo film but passed on the offer. He is expected to play a role in the film, reprising his incarnation of Bruce Wayne/Batman. This led to the studio approaching Daley and Goldstein. Variety speculates that this means the studio is yearning for a more comedic film, something the Flashpoint story arc for the comics is not.
The two are no strangers to the comic book movie world, having penned the script to the global MCU hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, which they were also on the shortlist to direct.
The Flash solo film has been in flux ever since being announced. Daley and Goldstein would be the third attempt at securing a director(s) for the film as Seth Gramme-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa both dropped out of the director’s chair at different points during the movie’s production. Since then, Joby Harold has stepped in to do a page-one re-write of the script, which has also seen several people taking a stab at it.
Executives took their time in finding a new director due to Miller, who plays the speedy superhero, preparing to shoot Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Should Daley and Goldstein sign on to officially direct, it would not come as a shock to see Warner Bros. decide to go a different route and push the Flashpoint arc to a different Flash film. As stated, with the directing duo being approached, this could mean that DC might want a Flash film that relies more on the protagonist’s comedic tendencies rather than a world-ending event that changes the fabric of the DC timeline.
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