This past weekend, an exciting rumor surfaced in the form of a director possibility for Warner Bros.’ The Flash movie. The studio set the phenomenal Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin) to star in the DC Comics adaptation last year, but with a March 23, 2018 release date looming, WB has still yet to secure a filmmaker for the project. Enter this weekend’s rumor: that WB is courting Phil Lord and Chris Miller—the directing duo behind 21/22 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and WB’s The LEGO Movie—to take the helm of The Flash. The rumor clarified that Lord and Miller were also being pursued by Sony to take the helm of one of its Ghostbusters films, but the potential for Lord and Miller to take their talents to the superhero realm was mighty enticing.
Well now we have some clarification and corroboration, as Deadline reports that Lord and Miller are in fact developing the story for The Flash movie at Warner Bros., working on a treatment for the DC Comics film. The duo haven’t yet decided whether they’ll direct, and they’re still mulling their next feature film project after last year’s one-two punch of 22 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, but no doubt Warner Bros. would be thrilled to have them behind the camera.
This would be a fantastic marriage between directors and material, especially with Ezra Miller set to star. Lord and Miller have been busy recently acting as executive producers on the Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth (which just got picked up for a second season), writing The LEGO Movie Sequel, and producing a number of LEGO Movie spinoffs including The LEGO Batman Movie, but one imagines they’re coming close to choosing their next directorial project.
Whether Lord and Miller take the helm of The Flash is uncertain, but it’s clear that Warner Bros. is assembling a wonderfully eclectic group of filmmakers to bring its DC Universe to fruition. Zack Snyder directed next March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will helm the two-part Justice League, BvS will be followed by David Ayer’s (Fury) antihero pic Suicide Squad next August, and then we have Wonder Woman—directed by Breaking Bad alum Michelle MacLaren—set for release in June 2017. If the studio nabs Lord and Miller for The Flash, that’s one hell of a lineup.