Ben Affleck may have had no interest whatsoever in directing a live-action “Justice League” movie despite what reports say, but that doesn’t mean he’s given the tights up for good. While out promoting his upcoming (but already critically acclaimed) real-life drama “Argo”, Affleck field the inevitable “Justice League” and other comic book-related movie questions.
MTV caught up to Affleck, and popped the “Justice League” question first. Affleck replied thusly:
What happens is that there’s a lot of bloggers and Internet interest around superhero movies, so there’s regularly a rumor that comes up. Obviously [with regard to] ‘Justice League,’ once ‘Avengers’ happened, they think, ‘Well, it would be crazy not to make “Justice League,” ‘ and I’m sure they will. I guess I should be flattered, and I’m sure it will be cool. I’ve seen some of the stuff from the new ‘Superman’ movie, and that stuff is awesome. I think they took a really cool, real approach to Superman, which no one has done before, so if that trend continues, I’m sure ‘Justice League’ will be great.
Translation: Not interested. Next!
Everyone knows, of course, that Affleck, during his Hollywood Blockbuster leading man days, tried his hand at a comic book superhero with 2003’s “Daredevil”. The oft-maligned film has its fans, but seems to have even more detractors. Affleck, it appears, is one of the latter:
I had a negative experience with the one comic book I liked, it was just a movie that didn’t work. It’s such a shame, because, first of all, ‘Daredevil’ [is] a great book, great idea, and then right after that, they figured out that it was better to make the movies good, and then they started making them cool and investing in them. I felt like I was in the 1930s with that outfit, the trousers: ‘Hey, chum, hold up there! This fella’s trying to rob a bank!’ ” he joked of his turn as the blind guardian angel… It was a drag, but I did love it as a kid, and they’re rebooting it. I got contacted about it, and I was like, ‘That wouldn’t be a reboot [if I was involved],’ but I really hope they do a good job, because that’s a great property and deserves something really, really good.
You know, I’m one of those people who didn’t think “Daredevil” was that bad. The film had its moments, though overall, yeah, I could see how it might not have “worked”. Still, any film that slapped black leather on Jennifer Garner and had her running around rooftops with sais can’t possibly be all bad.
So, Ben, what are the chances we’ll see you directing a comic book movie in the future?
I would love to do [a comic book movie] if it was the right one, if I thought I could do it well. I think you have to, with any movie, have an idea for it that’s original and unique and committed to it, and that’s a hard thing to find.
Translation: Not interested in “Justice League”, but what else you got, Hollywood?