Billy Crudup reportedly drops out of The Flash

Well, it looks like they are getting closer to a resolution. Taking to Twitter, the filmmaker who broke into the scene after releasing Clerks said that he knew of "at least one director who wouldn't pass" on the opportunity to work on The Flash: himself.

Robert Zemeckis had already been rumored to be in the running for this movie - he's most famous for the Back to the Future trilogy, as well as for films like Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Now, though, the studio has started floating some high-profile names to take over the film, with The Hollywood Reporter noting that Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi, and Matthew Vaughn have all taken meetings to potentially direct the speedster showcase.

Hopefully, the fact that Vaughn has a third Kingsman upcoming and Zemeckis has a November 2018 project with Steve Carrell won't put them out as serious contenders.

Warner Bros. has no comment on the news.

The Flash has experienced a number of development woes over the past few years. Pictures' The Flash lost Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who departed the DC Comics adaptation over creative differences.

But, just when it seemed things were moving in the right direction another set back has struck the film with the report (via EW) of actor Billy Crudup stepping away from the production.

Jon Berg and Geoff Johns are producing The Flash, which is working with a new draft by Joby Harold, writer on the studio's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The last film Raimi directed was Oz the Great and Powerful, the 2013 Disney movie that acted as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. All three could bring the fresh jolt of energy that this corner of the DC Extended Universe needs.

Vaughn is also one of the top candidates to direct the film.

Vaughn, meanwhile, has lots of genre blockbuster experience, including particular success with superheroes thanks to X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman.

Vanessa Coleman