After years of being stuck in development abyss, The Flash is finally hitting theaters this year and much like Black Adam, it took over a decade before the project actually materialized. For the uninitiated, plans for a standalone film centered on Barry Allen dates all the way back to 2006, long before the shared DC Universe was even a thing.
Before Warner Bros. handed the reins to It filmmaker Andy Muschietti, a who's who of directors was initially tapped to helm the project. Two of them are Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley who came up with a less daring story for the Scarlet Speedster's first solo big-screen outing.
Apparently, WB and even Ezra himself were adamant about The Flash being presented at a grander scale and this led to the duo abandoning the project. In an interview with Variety at SXSW, Daley explained: "It was a number of creative differences that caused us at a certain point to decide that it was time to go."
Goldstein said they felt the studio wasn't thrilled with their vision for the film. He added: "If we feel like the powers-that-be aren't excited about making the same movie as we are, we're not going to win that battle. And so it's better to cut your losses and get out of there."
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Thankfully, the years-long wait for The Flash seems to be all worth it and if the latest reports are to be believed, we're looking at the next big comic book movie that could rival some of DC's best.
DC's The Flash is set to release in theaters this June 16.