Warner Bros. Wants Ben Affleck to Direct 'Justice League'

Posted by G-Man (18887 posts) - - Show Bio

We all know Christopher Nolan is finished with Batman and expressed no interest in directing a Justice League movie. The question is, who should helm a movie featuring DC's biggest superheroes?

Variety has reported that Warner Bros. may be eying Ben Affleck for the job.

I'm sure the immediate reaction will be one of surprise and shock. But if you think about it, Affleck has had success with The Town for Warner Bros. Affleck isn't just an actor, having written and produced several projects.

Variety also reports that Affleck is the only one that has been sent Will Beal's script for the movie.

Apparently Affleck has stated that he only wants to direct movies that he also stars in so could this mean he has an interest in one of the roles as well? He has mentioned regrets over starring in Daredevil but also cited other areas in which they failed on that movie.

It feels too early to speculate on whether or not there is anything to go with on this. He might be interested. That doesn't mean he'd necessarily insist on playing a superhero again or that WB would want him to. There's also the question of whether or not Affleck would want to lock himself into this franchise. Even if he only directed this one movie, taking on the role of a major character would mean doing sequels as well.

If Affleck isn't chosen to direct, who should be?

Update

It hasn't been confirmed either way but some reports are now saying he's turned it down. No official comment has been made.

#1 Posted by Mandrewgora (299 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know he might actually be a good pick, he's not that bad at it.

#2 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

Cocaine is a hell of a drug...
 
 
But seriously....Really WB? Your rushing it now..

#3 Posted by supermanfan1234 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

see how snyder does on man of steel and then decide who directs it

#4 Posted by JohnnyWalker (821 posts) - - Show Bio

are they on crack or something? what has affleck done to remotely consider him? nolan, sure thought he doesnt have a sense of humor. wheddon theyd wish. not many come to mind that can handle something this big.

#5 Posted by Jotham (4512 posts) - - Show Bio

HAHAHAHAHAHA. No.

#6 Posted by DDangelico (221 posts) - - Show Bio

@JohnnyWalker: THE TOWN and GONE BABY GONE are both stellar films mostly due to Affleck's direction, and ARGO looks like it will be solid as well...

This may not be such a bad idea.

#7 Edited by k4tzm4n (34920 posts) - - Show Bio

This is definitely an interesting choice and could be a very good one.  I thought he did a fantastic job with The Town, and, let's face it, after Daredevil I'm sure he wants a chance to redeem his impact on the comic book genre a bit.  The bar has been raised incredibly high for CBMs and I imagine this will provide extra motivation to bring his absolute A-game to the table.     

If he's not picked, I don't know... any chance Warner Bros. could borrow Joss Whedon for a bit? :P  I'd love to see Matthew Vaughn given a chance, but I'm sure his work with Fox would create contractual issues and what not.  Another name that comes to mind is Neill Blomkamp (District 9),

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#8 Posted by Aiden Cross (15526 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know how to feel about this.. could go well, could go terribly wrong..

#9 Posted by agabe (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually don't mind this idea. The Town was great with some quality action scenes. Gone Baby Gone was really great too.

If he had to play somebody, I can see him as a Steve Trevor type.

#10 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

From what I know, the guy likes comic books, and from another thing I know the guy can really direct. He's proven it. He's also outstanding with dialogue so I don't think it will be cheesy in the speak department. I'm all for this. Nolans Batman was dark. It's looks to be going this route with Superman as well, and Affleck is pretty damn dark too. I'm all for this. I'm Happy Happy Happy.

#11 Posted by feargalr (1157 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously WB? Marvel get Joss Whedon and you get Ben Affleck.... What are you smoking and how do I get some!?!

#12 Posted by Zaklops (32 posts) - - Show Bio

Did anybody at Warner Bros see Daredevil? Ben Afflleck and Superheroes don't mix.

#13 Posted by DarthShap (875 posts) - - Show Bio

He actually happens to be a pretty decent director. Gone Baby Gone and The Town are good movies.

#14 Posted by deadpool25mm (615 posts) - - Show Bio

"Daredevil to direct Justice League" DC you sure about that?

#15 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (1162 posts) - - Show Bio

YES!

#16 Posted by k4tzm4n (34920 posts) - - Show Bio
@DDangelico said:

@JohnnyWalker: THE TOWN and GONE BABY GONE are both stellar films mostly due to Affleck's direction, and ARGO looks like it will be solid as well...

This may not be such a bad idea.

Yes, ARGO looks like a solid film as well.
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#17 Posted by SocialBat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

Guillermo Del Toro should direct it. I have no real arguments as to why, other than I want him to direct everything

#18 Edited by MB25 (337 posts) - - Show Bio

Warner Brothers hates DC?

#19 Posted by Gonzo33 (111 posts) - - Show Bio

A man who has made two (and is about to release his third) hardcore crime dramas...yeah, good one DC. I'll be over here, making it rain with Whedon.

#20 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

I think we should all rush to judgement immediately, especially if we haven't seen The Town.

Nothing adds to the discussion more than uninformed Fanboy rage.

#21 Posted by mettlekm (417 posts) - - Show Bio

OMG! that is such a bad idea... i mean... just bad...

Let Ben stick with South Boston flicks, he does them well.

#22 Posted by SocialBat (33 posts) - - Show Bio

@MB25: lol

#23 Posted by darkrider (463 posts) - - Show Bio

i want to say a bad word please comicvine let me say it

#24 Posted by CRACKERMAN92 (63 posts) - - Show Bio

Not a bad idea. The Town and Gone Baby Gone are really good films.

#25 Posted by Sveppi (21 posts) - - Show Bio

Ben Affleck is a terrific director, don't let your opinions on him as an actor cloud your judgement.

#26 Posted by DDangelico (221 posts) - - Show Bio

@Crash_Recovery said:

I think we should all rush to judgement immediately, especially if we haven't seen The Town.

Nothing adds to the discussion more than uninformed Fanboy rage.

BUT HE WAS IN A BAD COMIC BOOK MOVIE ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO!!! :-P

#27 Edited by The_Tree (7943 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd still prefer someone like Brad Bird to direct this movie, but Affleck is a great director who just may be able to handle this.

@agabe said:

Actually don't mind this idea. The Town was great with some quality action scenes. Gone Baby Gone was really great too.

If he had to play somebody, I can see him as a Steve Trevor type.

Perfect. Especially as how Trevor is being portrayed lately in Justice League.

#28 Posted by BushidoBlack (116 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, he's not a bad director. Interesting developments.

#29 Posted by sesquipedalophobe (4765 posts) - - Show Bio

Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....

#30 Posted by JohnnyWalker (821 posts) - - Show Bio

@DarthShap: decent doesnt cut it for a jl movie, nor do 2 movies under his belt

@DDangelico: your taste in movies. but lets look beyond taste lets look at what type of movies those were. affleck only experience with anything remotely connected to comics was daredevil, and i personally enjoyed it, but that was a solo movie. this is a superhero movie. with 7 iconic heroes. even if he does decent he will be crucified by fans.

#31 Posted by inferiorego (28275 posts) - - Show Bio

@DDangelico said:

@JohnnyWalker: THE TOWN and GONE BABY GONE are both stellar films mostly due to Affleck's direction, and ARGO looks like it will be solid as well...

This may not be such a bad idea.

You've said everything I was about to say.

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#32 Posted by xAnimosity (183 posts) - - Show Bio

Daredevil was bad period, not because of Affleck. The Town was awesome and I heard his new movie Argo is phenomenal as well. I think he could be a good pick, but as for starring in it, Im not sure who I would want him to play.

#33 Posted by DDangelico (221 posts) - - Show Bio

@JohnnyWalker: Nolan's only experience when he had Batman Begins was two solid crime films...just a thought.

#34 Posted by sj_esposito (429 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to get flamed for this, but I'm going for it anyway...

I wouldn't mind seeing Affleck be given the directors chair for JL, and I think he'd make a good Hal Jordan.

#35 Posted by BushidoBlack (116 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by DDangelico (221 posts) - - Show Bio

@JohnnyWalker: Also, he was in Hollywoodland which was connected to Superman...

#37 Posted by ogarza (124 posts) - - Show Bio

a little part of me just died from reading this

#38 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

That doesn't sounds like a bad idea at all! So long as Kevin Smith doesn't decide he wants in because it's a comic book movie. I love the movies Affleck directs and I really think he's matured. I wonder which superhero, if any, he would play. Maybe he could play Steve Trevor as I don't think he fits the look for any of the League members.

#39 Posted by Webjaker (366 posts) - - Show Bio

As Director ... worth 'considering'.

As cast - If they make him Barry Allen ... you dont even want to know what I will do >:(

#40 Posted by JohnnyWalker (821 posts) - - Show Bio

@DDangelico: from which he took the noir atmosphere and incorporated nicely in the batman movies. will the jl be taking on bank robbers?

#41 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7963 posts) - - Show Bio

He's competent enough, just surprised by the choice.

#42 Posted by starrk_coyote (600 posts) - - Show Bio

@SandMan_: you have taken the words out of my mouth! you are my new hero!

#43 Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7 (1008 posts) - - Show Bio

As long as he doesn't act then I have no problems. Affleck is a great director.

#44 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

Ben Affleck is actually a good director. He has a tendency to star in crappy movies, but the ones that he directs rather than just act in, are very good.

#45 Posted by Vortex13 (12264 posts) - - Show Bio

To me this isn't a terrible idea. Definitely not one I would have chosen but it is an interesting possibility. I really wouldn't want him to play a role in it though. He gets a lot a flack for being a terrible actor but the way I see it he's been in some terrible movies with terrible creative forces that were so bad that pretty much everyone in the movie was bad not just him. In my opinion he is a good actor, still don't think he'd be right for a superhero role as a Justice League member though. But maybe a King Faraday type character. He is undoubtedly a good director too, so if he just kept in that role I think it'd be better.

#46 Posted by DDangelico (221 posts) - - Show Bio

@JohnnyWalker: Did Batman?

#47 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

There isn't a facepalm hard enough for this.

#48 Posted by The Stegman (25989 posts) - - Show Bio

[Judgement Reserved]

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#49 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

IDK, I would have to wait to see a script/storyline first.

@SocialBat: Yes

#50 Posted by RedQueen (1171 posts) - - Show Bio

As long as the film is all sorts of awesome I don't really mind who is directing.

With the exception of Joss Whedon (any chance he can defect from Marvel for a little bit?)

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