We’ve known for a little while now that the upcoming solo movie for Ezra Miller’s Flash was to be dubbed Flashpoint, and now the potential game-changer has found its new directing team.
If you remember, Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa was previously on board to direct before having to depart due to creative differences. Going further back, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Seth Grahame-Smith was in the director’s chair before similarly leaving over creative issues.
Now, as per Variety, the duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tasked with helming Flashpoint. The pair are best known for efforts such as Vacation and Game Night, not to mention having penned the first draft for the splendid Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Many are already seeing Flashpoint as being the most important movie on Warner Brothers’ upcoming DC Extended Universe slate. After all, the solo outing for Miller’s Scarlet Speedster could be used to right some of the plentiful wrongs of the DCEU.
For comic book fans, you’ll likely be well aware of just how important Flashpoint could be. This is because Flashpoint is a 2011 arc from the iconic Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. In said tale, Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother from dying. While that’s all well and good, it causes a whole host of changes to the present day; not only does Barry not have his superspeed, but Bruce Wayne died that night in Crime Alley, Thomas Wayne became an aggressive, heavy-drinking Batman, Martha Wayne became a twisted, tormented Joker, Superman has been kept as a lab experiment ever since crash-landing from Krypton, Wonder Woman’s Amazons are at all-out bloody war with Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Green Arrow is an arms dealer ala certain depictions of Tony Stark, and Cyborg is the world’s greatest hero – and let's face it, you know the shit's hit the fan when Cyborg's seen as the star of the day!
Where the DCEU is concerned, many are expecting the Flashpoint movie to be used to veer this shared cinematic in a different direction and to iron out some of the ongoing issues that this universe has suffered from.
Right now, Flashpoint has yet to be given a set release date, but the film is currently expected to feature Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. There’s no word on an appearance by Ben Affleck’s Batman or Henry Cavill’s Superman just yet, although Affleck’s future as the Caped Crusader has been regularly up in the air over the past few months.
As ever, expect more on Flashpoint as it continues to develop.