Warner Bros. Wants Ben Affleck to Direct the Justice League Movie (UPDATED)


Ben Affleck“Hi, there, Ben Affleck, this is Warner Bros. We were wonderin’ … you wanna direct the big-budget ‘Justice League’ movie for us? Pretty please?”

Ah, remember the days when they tried to make Ben Affleck into the next big action star (“Paycheck”, “Reindeer Games”), and it sorta didn’t work? But then Affleck proved he could direct (“Gone Baby Gone”), and not just direct, but also act and direct (“The Town”). Now he’s got his hands full with big-time gigs for the choosing.

It’s long been rumored that Affleck has been offered “The Stand” by Warner Bros., and now the studio is doubling down on the Affleck business — the trades report that Affleck has been offered the “Justice League” movie. To that end, he’s the first person to be sent the “Justice League” script by “Gangster Squad” scribe Will Beall, and the job is his if he wants it.

But there is a catch: Affleck supposedly refuses to do any movie that he isn’t also starring in. So … Ben Affleck as Batman? I could see that, actually. Unless, of course, Warner Bros. wants to go really young, in which case, then no, it wouldn’t really work. But then again, hasn’t Batman always been older than the rest of the Justice Leaguers? Even Superman (presumably still played by Herny Cavill)?

Affleck has proven to be a good director with the right material, but I honestly don’t know what he’s done that would make him a good candidate to direct a big-budget comic book superhero team movie. Then again, you could say the same thing about Marc Webb, and he did a bang-up job on “The Amazing Spider-man”.

The actor/director currently has “Argo” scheduled to open in October, and of course that “Stand” job is still his if he wants it. But he’s apparently also mulling over a sci-fi movie called “Replay”, which sounds like the safest choice. Not the biggest, mind you, but safest.

“So, Ben, you wanna direct it or not, buddy?”

UPDATE: Deadline calls bullshit on the story, saying that Ben Affleck has already turned down the offer. Or at least, according to Affleck’s “people”, the man isn’t interested. They also say that Warner Bros. has also offered the gig to “Harry Potter” director David Yates, but he, too, has turned them down, opting for “Tarzan” instead.

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Via : Variety

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  • TheStrongestThereIs.Com

    I am all for it! I say give him a shot. He has proven that when he is in control, he gets the job done, In front of and behind the camera.


  • Hulk’s Jazz Bebop Groove

    Lol, Ben Affleck?
    Okay, now let’s make sure we get Wood Allen to direct the next FANTASTIC FOUR film and Tyler Perry to direct The BLACK PANTHER lol.
    Wow Hollywood. You guys have reached a new low! lol

  • Juggernaut

    Ben Affleck has long been a Hollywood punchline. Unjustly so in my opinion. He was set up to be the next big action star and in many films I belive he delivered. His directorial efforts are not only solid they have been excellent. If his starring in the films he chooses to direct is a requirement I could really only see him in two or three roles Martian Manhunter, Maxwell Lord or Lex Luthor. He’d honestly be good in any of those roles. I honestly don’t understand WB/DC’s game plan. Having a JL film without any of the characters being set up before hand doesn’t seem like a good idea. Cavill as Superman and Reynolds as Green Lantern are already established but that’s it! Whoever they get to take this film on is going to need a seriously high level of vision and a great team behind him.

    • Guest

      I could see him as Maxwell Lord. And the storyline would set them apart from the Avengers.

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

      Good call on the Maxwell Lord thing. i can’t see him as one of the league at all. he’d have directed the crap out of this though.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree that he could have done well with this. Granted it is going to be a difficult property for anyone to tackle having such an underdeveloped set of characters to bring to the movie but Affleck has proven himself as a good director. In fact both Gone Baby Gone and The Town are among my favorite movies (it may be the Boston accents I don’t know. Lol). And while I’m not too sure of this clause that he must act in the movies that he directs I think that of the possible characters he could play Maxwell Lord would be the most suitable and most interesting to see Affleck play. He’s never really been a “bad guy”. The closest he’s come to being a villain is his role in Mallrats and he was kind of a dick in Dazed And Confused and Boiler Room. He’s played a few morally challenged but ultimately “good” characters in film like The Town but never a full on villain. I think he could pull off the dichotomy of Lord perfectly. Too bad this may have all been just an rumor because now I want to see him in the role.

  • X_p

    ben affleck was in “paycheck” not in “payback”. that was mel gibson.

  • Etnco

    Also, Ben Affleck only directed Gone Baby Gone, his brother Casey starred in it. proof reader anyone?

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

      Doesn’t say he starred in that, it says he proved he could direct with that and act AND direct with “The Town”.

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

        How ironic.

  • DrSftpork

    He was the villain in Dogma. Also… Let’s not forget Gigli.