Ben Affleck Sounds Lke He Would Totally Direct a Justice League Movie

Ben AffleckBen Affleck directing a “Justice League” movie could totally work, especially after seeing what guys like Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon have done with their own big-budget, superhero comic book properties. Affleck, after all, was a screenwriter turned actor turned acclaimed director. Somehow, directing a big-budget superhero movie next just seems … natural.

As for Affleck himself, despite previous Internet reports that he was being sought by Warner Bros. to helm the “Justice League”, it’s all about the script. And, he relates, he was never that close to directing the movie.

Here’s what he told Hitfix about all those initial rumors:

I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on. Because someone will eventually do ‘Justice League’ and they’ll go, like, ‘Ben Affleck passed on it,’ and it won’t be true. So I don’t mind setting the record straight. It’s one of those things where the closest I came was some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, ‘Here’s the stuff we’re doing,’ you know? ‘Here’s what we’re looking at.’ That kind of thing. And they suggested it. But I don’t think there’s a script. I don’t think there’s anything.

That sounds like Hollywood. Lots of meetings, lots of “Hey, what’re you up to?” chatter. Except nowadays someone will “leak” it to Deadline or another trade site and voila, you have a news story.

But having said that, would Affleck really consider directing a superhero movie? A “Justice League” movie? He doesn’t say No:

I would love it. My interest is really just in, you know, if I like the characters and if the stories seem smart and surprise me. The things that people look for. So those things exist in the superhero genre. And when they do, I think it’s really exciting. I think they exist in the science-fiction genre. If you look at ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Alien’ to ‘Aliens’ on down through today. So it’s just about finding a good script, honestly. I wouldn’t be into something or not based on the genre.

So there you have it, Warner Bros. Ben Affleck is still totally interested in directing the “Justice League” movie, although from the sounds of it, the script better be gangbusters.

Justice League by Alex Ross



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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    After seeing what he did with Argo, and The Town I think he could pull off something very grounded yet very epic. Something that would fit in with both Nolan’s Batman and Snyder’s Superman. Will it happen? Doubtful. But he’s a decent choice

    • Juggernaut

      Two of my favorite films there. The Town was great. One of those constant repeat viewing movies for me and Argo was just phenomenal. I’d love to see his take on the JLA. With a ultra-realistic world and and political spin it would be terrific. I think he’d be a cool choice for Maxwell Lord too.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        That he would indeed!!

  • R4zor

    i dont get why anybody would want the justice league movie to be grounded and to fit in with nolan`s batman??? nolan`s batman wasn`t THE BATMAN! don`t get me wrong, I absolutely love Nolan`s Batman movies, but that wasn`t the greatest detective/amazing superhero from the comics or tv shows! It shouldn`t be grounded, it should be f*ing EPIC and completely over the top!!!! and the batman needs to revamped into the badass that he is in the comics, a strategic mastermind, always thinkig 5 steps ahead, someone who relies on his mind, not that much on his heart… this is my opinion, no harm intended :D

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      See whenever somone hears “grounded” they think it means that it has to be uber realistic. What I mean is simply the world is real, grounded and plausible. That said I want grand scale action and epic encounters for a JLA film too. I mean the team movie should be leaps and bounds bigger than the solo films, but I don’t want it to be over the top for the sake of over the top. Avengers did a good job of balancing heightened reality with comicbook action and adventure. Once you start using real people, some of the stuff from the comics will seem kinda silly and then we end up with Schumaker Batman!!!

      As for Batman I also want that version of Batman on film, with a costume that’s like the current New 52 version and teh Arkham games.

      • Juggernaut

        Avengers got the mood of these films perfectly in my opinion. There is enough suspended disbelief fused with a sense of reality. As for Batman, it would be cool to see him in a costume unlike the previous films (all black) but that wouldn’t really be plausable. One of the clunkier parts of The Avengers was Cap’s revised suit. Sure, that is what he looks like in the comics, I get that. However, a bright, red, white and blue costume doesn’t lend to effective battle strategy. Likewise, Batman’s blue and grey or even black and grey outfit would be less effective in stealthy manuevering. Just my opinion.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Okay you cannot compare Cap’s costume with Batman’s as they were created with different things in mind. Cap’s suit in the films (and more recently the comics) has been designed as a battle uniform yes, but it is first and foremost a symbol. Granted a little darker blue would’ve gone a long way, but the stars and stripes are there for the symbolic nature of what he stands for. Like Coulson said “people might just need a little old fashioned.” The bat-suit on the other hand was designed for combat AND stealth so I can see what you’re saying, but the black and grey can work if it’s like charcoal or gunmetal grey. Especially with the arkham or new 52 design.

  • R4zor

    it`s realy hard for me tho explain my ideas in english (i`m from Croatia) but what i thought when i said over the top was the Avengers movie… it was realy epic… I get what your saying about real people and comics, but still… you can`t make superheroes look like real people… that`s the whole point, they are superheroes and they should be presented like that… they should be over the top fantastic in a normal-ish world that realy needs their help.. just like in the Avengers. I`ve always been a huge Batman fan (and DC fan in general) so I realy think (and hope) it should be even better than the Avengers (even doe I know it is hard to compete with that one lol)… and i completely agree with your last sentence :)

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I just love how Ben says they have nothing in the first quote. No matter how hard I try I cannot be optimistic bout a JLA film.