It’s been a very bumpy ride when it comes to the majority of the films that have been part of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics shared universe, especially when it comes to the scarlet speedster. At long last though things might begin to turn around for Barry Allen as the new directors for The Flash film have officially been found.
After various reports in January, John Francis Daley and Johnathan Goldstein are now officially on board to direct the film with Daley breaking the news by posting a Gif of the Flash running and a caption “It’s Happening!” The writing-directing duo have previously worked on films like Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming and the recent film Game Night.
Originally The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller developed the film and were reportedly possibilities to direct before they departed for Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which they ultimately were fired from. In their place, Warner Bros. first turned to writer Seth Grahame-Smith to make his directing debut but he soon left over creative differences, and just months later his replacement Dope‘s Rick Famyiwa also departed for similar reasons in late 2016.
Originally set to arrive in March of this year, the film sort of sat in limbo through 2017 as rumors rose about directors from Robert Zemeckis to Matthew Vaughn to Marc Webb to even Lord & Miller again once they were fired from Solo.
In the meantime, Ezra Miller’s Barry made his full debut in last year’s Justice League, which did not do as well financially or critically as the studio would have liked but many pointed to Barry as one of the high points of the film.
Reportedly Geoff John’s timeline altering storyline Flashpoint is set to be the basis for the film, based upon a title card that Warner Bros. showed during Comic-Con in 2017, leaving many to speculate that Warner Bros. might be planning to use the film as a way to soft reboot their struggling universe and help bow out actors like Ben Affleck who seemingly isn’t sure he wants to be Batman anymore.
Afflect along with Billy Crudup, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and potentially others are rumored to be reprising their DC related roles for the film which potentially will arrive in 2020.