It looks as though Ben Affleck was asked to direct The Flash
But he turned it down.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. were keen to get DC’s Batman behind the camera for the upcoming Flash solo movie, currently titled ‘Flashpoint’. But it seems he wasn’t interested.
“The studio had initially courted Ben Affleck to return to the director’s chair,” they revealed. “But he passed on the gig.”
Clearly, it looks as though Affleck was the studio’s original pick.
And when Affleck turned it down, Warner Bros. cast their net a bit further afield.
This all comes following the news that The Flash solo movie will no be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein – relatively new directors with only one feature film under their belt. Of course, they also wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll direct a great superhero flick.
Still, it’s not surprising that Affleck wasn’t interested.
After all, he’s faced several issues with the studio following its poorly-received Justice League, not to mention the even worse Batman V Superman. We’ve already seen Affleck drop out of directing The Batman – the upcoming Batman solo film… so it’s not exactly unexpected that he wasn’t willing to turn his hand towards The Flash.
And he’s not the only one who’s walked away from the project, either.
The Flash solo movie has seen writers and directors such as Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Rick Famuyiwa attached to the project. But they all ultimately left the beleaguered superhero movie.
Will The Flash actually get off the ground this time?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But I have my doubts.
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.