Yesterday brought us the strange but intriguing news that Warner Bros. had turned to Ben Affleck to direct and star in their big-budget adaptation of the Justice League comic book (a.k.a., Hey Avengers Made a Crap-Ton of Money, Right? Can’t We Throw a Bunch of People in Tights at the Screen, Too?). It seemed highly unlikely that Affleck would leap on the project, especially concerning the low key nature of his previous directorial works (Gone Baby Gone, The Town), as well as the bad taste that Daredevil left in his (and everyone else’s) mouths. And, of course, it was.
Turns out that Affleck’s reps are already stating that he is “definitely” not directing or starring in the film. “There’s the suggestion that he might take a meeting with WB on it, but that’s it,” according to Deadline (via /Film).
It makes sense, as Affleck has shined as a director of low-key, mature material—and a film in which Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and more team up to save the world isn’t exactly “low key” or “mature” material. While it’s heartening to see that Warner Bros. has this level of faith in Affleck by allowing him the first crack at Warner Bros.’s prime property, it’s even more heartening to see that Affleck is carrying on with the material that truly engages him.
What do you think of the Justice League news?