It was reported a while back that Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were in talks to direct WB/DC’s Flashpoint. Such a high-level property being given to relatively new directors may be a bit questionable, but one could compare the choice to Jon Watts having only a few low budget feature films before Spider-Man: Homecoming (which both Daley and Goldstein also wrote). It seems like their approach to Spider-Man will be similar for Flash as they’ve revealed in a new interview how they landed the project and more.
While speaking with Collider about their new film Game Night, the writing/directing duo revealed some cool tidbits on what’s going on with Flashpoint. First, they said Warner Bros. didn’t actually straight-up offer them the job but instead gave them a list of properties they may be interested in. They also state reasons why WB approached them in the first place, and how/why they chose Flash out of all of the DC characters.
“They were interested in us because of Game Night and Spider-Man. Because of that combination they did kind of say, ‘We’d like you to consider one of our movies.’ So we read a number of the scripts, and that was one—we’re huge fans of the character, I collected the comic books as a kid. It was an exciting possibility.”
The Flash to them is DC’s Spider-Man in terms of being relatable and more “ground-level.”
“Just the fact that the character is unique from other superheroes in that he doesn’t completely have his sh!t together like Superman does. It’s more of a ground-level superhero….It’s a relatable way in to a superhero movie in some of the same ways that Peter Parker was for the Marvel side of things.”
I must admit that the news of them being the ones to direct Flashpoint did seem weird, but their approach to the character seems pretty sound. With a character like the Flash, I think it’s important really ground the character in realism while also having a comic book feel to it. It’s assumed that the film won’t be an exact adaption of the comic storyline Flashpoint Paradox, so making the story even more personal and more about Barry sounds pretty optimal.
They made sure to say that although the following is their approach to the speedster, they are still in the dealmaking process so not everything is set in stone. They will more than likely end up as the third (and forth) people to be attached to the film, but I think fans of the character will like how they are planning to give the iconic superhero the much-needed solo film.
Flashpoint has no current release date, but it’s expected that it will get a 2020 release.