For the upcoming Justice League movie, Warner Bros has apparently approached Ben Affleck to direct. Ben Affleck? Yeah, Ben Affleck. He’s a good director and he’s a comic book nerd, so he might be able to pull it off.
Variety reports Warner Bros. has approached actor/director Ben Affleck to direct their DC Comics superhero team up film, Justice League. He’s the first director to see Will Beall’s script and will discuss the option and possibilities of the project in the coming weeks. Read much more after the jump.
In Variety’s story, they point out Warner Bros. was (obviously) hoping Christopher Nolan would help out with this massive film. However, when Nolan took his name out of the mix, they started to eye Affleck, who made The Town a big hit for the studio, is finishing Argo, and was approached to direct another huge WB property, The Stand, an option that’s still viable once Argo is done.
But The Town and Argo were not only are directed by Affleck, he stars in them too. The Oscar-winner has said in the past that he’d like to only direct films he stars in. That would lead one to believe he’d either break that statement with a huge film like Justice League or possibly play on of the film’s stars, likely to include some combination of Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and others. That’s the kind of thing which will likely be discussed in the coming days.
It’s hard to gauge where Affleck might stand on this. On the one hand, actor turned directors have had great success with superhero films (see Jon Favreau with Iron Man and Kenneth Branagh with Thor). But neither of those guys played a superhero before, which Affleck did in both Hollywoodland and Daredevil. In 2009 he told MTV that latter experience pretty much soured him on the genre.
No, I would not do another. I was cured of that. That experience was not that much fun. And it’s not something I’m particularly looking to go through again.
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