Warner Bros. has the bar set high for the talent they want involved in the DC Extended Universe, and are now reportedly eyeing Matthew Vaughn to take on The Flash. The Ezra Miller-led superhero flick has been one of the DCEU’s more troubled productions to date, with multiple directors leaving and a page-one re-write commissioned earlier this year. The future of the film has been unknown for quite some time, with fellow cast member Billy Crudup citing Miller’s schedule as a possible explanation behind the film’s delays.
Initially, it was scheduled to come out early in 2018 and had Seth Graeme-Smith attached to direct, but Rick Famuyiwa later took over and also left. Most recently Robert Zemeckis was reported to be in talks, and is once again being eyed, but he has some new competition – in X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service director.
Variety is reporting that Matthew Vaughn is also being considered for the directing gig on The Flash and is one of WB’s top choices along with Zemeckis. While WB is reportedly in no rush on bringing The Flash to the big screen, one of the deciding points in choosing between Vaughn, Zemeckis, and other potential candidates will be their future workload – which could be quite heavy for Vaughn, depending on how well his sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, does this year.
Vaughn continues to be one of the hottest names in the business, and it is no secret WB is eager to get him involved with the DCEU as this is not the first time Vaughn has reportedly been connected to the superhero franchise. He was previously thought to be in consideration for Man of Steel 2, but it appears he may find a home with the speedster instead.
Should WB select either Vaughn or Zemeckis for this installment in the DCEU, it will continue their push to hire some of the biggest names in the industry. They’ve recently brought on Matt Reeves (The Batman), Chris McKay (Nightwing), and Joss Whedon (Batgirl), but have also had conversations with Mel Gibson for Suicide Squad 2.
That said, Vaughn has yet to receive an offer to direct and WB could pass him up for Zemeckis or someone else. However, should they choose him to be their director, there is little doubt he could find success after doing so with First Class and possibly doing so again should the Kingsman franchise continue. But, for now this is merely a waiting game, and a process that is not moving as quickly as its lead hero.