It didn’t take long for Walter Hamada to make his presence felt as the incoming boss at DC Films, as the Tracking Board has confirmed that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct The Flash’s solo movie FLASHPOINT after helming Vacation and Game Night for New Line, where Hamada used to be an executive.
Ezra Miller is set to star in the film once he wraps another Warner Bros. tentpole, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Veteran screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and Dope director Rick Famuyiwa were previously attached to direct the project, which has since been re-conceived following a page-one rewrite from Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).
Warners had been courting Ben Affleck to direct at one point, but he turned down the job, and the studio didn’t want to wait for Robert Zemeckis, so they moved quickly to secure Goldstein and Daley, who wrote the well-received Spider-Man: Homecoming. The duo nearly directed that film, but they seem particularly well-suited for Flashpoint, given that their strength is comedy, and The Flash served as the comic relief in Justice League.
Considering WB/DC’s ambitions for this film, I think this duo counts as a win. Now let’s just hope they stick around to help Miller make the most of his moment in the superhero spotlight.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief