Although The Flash was one of the first movies that was officially announced for the DC Extended Universe back in late 2014, the project has hit a number of obstacles along the way, most notably by losing two directors. As of this past summer, the Scarlet Speedster's movie is now being called Flashpoint, and it looks like its directorial problems are finally being solved, as Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the blockbuster.
As things stand right now, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, which will see Ezra Miller reprising Barry Allen, who he's already played in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. According to Variety, Ben Affleck was being "courted" to direct the Flash's standalone story, but he passed on the opportunity. Along with Vacation, Daley and Goldstein also helmed and wrote the upcoming Game Night, while their other work together includes writing the Horrible Bosses movies and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The duo also have prior experience in the comic book movie genre having written Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Back in October 2015, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith was tapped to direct the Flash movie, but by April 2016, he dropped out due to creative differences. Months later, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa was hired as Grahame-Smith's replacement, but like his predecessor, he eventually left due to creative differences. That happened in October 2016, and while names like Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Sam Raimi were tossed out as new directorial candidates during 2017, it appears that Warner Bros is keen on having John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein helm the Fastest Man Alive's movie. Maybe the third time will be the charm? Daley and Goldstein's involvement also suggests that Flashpoint will go for a comedic tone, which fits with how Flash was presented in Justice League.
After Rick Famuyiwa departed The Flash, Robin Hood writer Joby Harold was tasked with doing a page-one rewrite of the story, which he has now turned in. While presumably The Flash was originally set to be a more conventional spotlight on Barry Allen, now that it's been changed to Flashpoint, we'll likely now see Barry ending up in a radically-altered version of the DC universe, just like his comic book counterpart did in 2011. Gal Gadot will reportedly reprise Wonder Woman in Flashpoint, and DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns said Batman elements will play into the story.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on Flashpoint as they come in, and don't forget to look through our DC movies guide to find out what other DCEU projects are on the way.