Having ultimately passed on the chance to direct The Batman in the end (a job taken on by Matt Reeves instead), it seems as though Warner Bros was still keen for Ben Affleck to helm a DC movie. And according to a new report, he was approached by the studio to take the director’s chair on Flashpoint, the upcoming big screen outing for The Flash starring Ezra Miller.
Robert Zemeckis had been linked with the job most recently, but his schedule eventually led to the studio exploring other options instead. Hence, the offer to Affleck. Affleck, ultimately, declined the opportunity, although he’s still likely to be involved. The character of Batman is set to be a part of the eventual Flashpoint film, according to early reports.
It has been a saga with Flashpoint directors over the last two years. Seth Grahame-Smith gave way to Rick Famuyiwa, both of whom left over “creative differences with the studio. Names like the aforementioned Robert Zemeckis were considered alongside Matthew Vaughn, Sam Raimi, and others.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who helmed the Vacation reboot, are now in talks with the studio, and are expected to sign on the dotted line. This hasn’t quite reached Gambit movie levels of musical director’s chairs, but there’s still plenty of time.
If everything comes together, the film – starring Ezra Miller – is likely to be in cinemas in 2020, but it doesn’t have an official release date at this time.