The Flash's solo movie pretty much defines what being stuck in developmental hell means. Given that it's part of the latest DC film slate, by now the studio should have had a firm grasp on the basics -- a plot, director and some semblance of a fleshed-out cast.
However, not only is this not the case, just eight months after retitling the film to Flashpoint, it seems that this title's been scrapped, leaving fans with that all-too-familiar feeling of being back to square one.
The latest fluctuation in the movie's eve-changing status has a lot of folks asking a simple question: What's the hell is going on with The Flash? While fans' concerns are valid, there are signs that may well hint at the studio having a contingency plan, one that's more conventional and relevant to the current DCEU landscape. But before we dive into that, let's look at the entire timeline of The Flash's development, which clearly has way more downs that ups.
A lot of the instability surrounding The Flash has come from it failing to land and keep a director. It was only last month that Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley signed on; before that, well, it was pure turmoil. Phil Lord and Chris Miller initially wrote the movie's treatment, but they couldn't direct due to a scheduling conflict. In April 2016, with Zack Snyder already shaping Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash for 2017's Justice League, Seth Grahame-Smith came onboard to write and direct, but soon left due to creative differences. Rick Famuyima followed, himself quitting just six months later for the same reasons.
However, The Flash slowly kept trying to make up ground, with directors like Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Sam Raimi and, yes, even Ben Affleck being linked to the project. Lord and Miller, following their firing from Solo: A Star Wars Story, were even said to be circling back, only for Goldstein and Daley to eventually take the reins. The thing is, we still haven't really heard much from them and what they want to do with the Scarlet Speedster. Hopefully they break the ice soon, especially for those optimistic they can recapture the magic they showed as writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This brings us to the film's plot. At this point, we should have at least a vague idea of what the story will be, but we really... don't. That said, despite the retitling, Borys Kit, whose story revealed the name change in the first place, suggests that The Flash may still follow Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert's Flashpoint storyline.