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Ben 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.