The DC film universe has been a hectic place in recent years with more announced projects than we could keep track of but not a lot of movement on any of them. While the next couple years worth of DC movies look to be set and moving forward, one project that has been on the books for a while, a solo movie for The Flash, has remained standing still. However, it's possible that might be about to change, as a new producer has been brought on board the project.
Former New Line Cinema executive Michael Disco has left the studio to start his own production company. The Disco Factory is already looking to help produce the planned Sopranos prequel film as well as The Flash.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming, are on board to direct the project. The pair have been with the film for about the last year. They came on board after Rick Famuyiwa left the film, who himself replaced Seth Grahame-Smith.
While the film has directors, little has been reported about the project since they came on board. A couple years ago at San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that the Flash solo project had been transformed into a Flashpoint movie, but more recently it has been implied that won't be the case. We don't actually know one way or the other what the truth is.
The one thing this new producer announcement from THR does, at the very least, is confirm that a Flash movie starring Ezra Miller is still an active concern at Warner Bros. and it hasn't been swallowed completely by development hell. Hopefully, this also means that there will be a renewed push to get the movie made.
Exactly why this one has seemingly been moving so slowly hasn't been clear. One assumes that there have been issues with the story, perhaps that's where the confusion regarding whether this will be a Flashpoint film or not comes from.
Recently the head of Warner Bros. film said that the future of the DC universe, at least for the next while, will focus on individual stories rather than massive crossovers. A Flashpoint movie has the potential to be a pretty big crossover as it would likely be used to reboot significant parts of the current franchise. Perhaps DC has decided not to do anything quite so drastic and had to then start over with the story.
Ezra Miller's Flash was one of the high points of Justice League and he's somebody I certainly want to see again. Hopefully this announcement will be followed by giving the film a solid release date, which would be an indication that the movie is ready to go into production.
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