It looks as though The Flash solo film has found its directors.
But the names might surprise you.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks as though John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have just been hired to direct Flashpoint – DC’s upcoming Flash solo movie.
“John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are staying in the superhero game,” they revealed. “The screenwriting duo behind Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming are moving over to DC and are in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ Flashpoint movie.”
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That’s right – they wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming.
But the bad news? They also directed the pretty terrible Vacation reboot.
The even worse news is that, despite their screenwriting pedigree, the Vacation reboot is currently the only big screen project they’ve directed. And I can’t help wondering why the studio is putting so much faith in the pair, considering what’s at stake.
After all, DC’s recent superhero flicks have been mediocre at best.
(Not counting Wonder Woman, of course)
“Daley and Goldstein were largely known for penning comedies such as Horrible Bosses and writing and directing 2015’s Vacation before last year’s Spider-Man, which earned more than $880 million worldwide.”
Obviously, we’ve heard repeatedly that The Flash solo movie is going to be a far lighter affair than most of DC’s recent big screen output… and perhaps hiring two comedy writers makes a lot of sense. But they haven’t been hired as writers. And it leaves me wondering whether a more competent director should have been pursued for such a high-stakes film.
Of course, these aren’t the first directors attached to the project, either.
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Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa were both once attached to The Flash solo movie, which is currently going under the title ‘Flashpoint’. But with a new DC Movies President at the helm, it looks as though Daley and Goldstein are being given a chance.
Whether or not it works out, remains to be seen.
But we’re really hoping for the best.
The Flash solo movie stars Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup and Ray Fisher.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will direct, based on a script by Joby Harold.
The Flash heads to cinemas in 2020.