Whaaaaa-t? This guy?
Well, despite what you’re thinking Affleck’s directing career—THE TOWN and GONE BABY GONE—is much admired within the halls of Warners. So much so that they are thinking of giving over the proposed Justice League film to Affleck. After all, he played a superhero once. He also knows Kevin Smith personally.
According to a story in Variety, Affleck demands to star in the films he directs, so he could be eyeing a role as…Batman….Green Arrow….you name it!
DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s Avengers, “Justice League” is expected to bring together marquee characters Batman and Superman, as well as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Affleck has made it clear that he’s only interested in directing films in which he also stars — “The Town” and “Argo” are proof of that — so its likely that if this pairing ever came to fruition, he would don a suit of his own. DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Affleck’s reps declined to comment.
While Affleck has shown an aptitude for mid-budget movies, he’s poised to prove he can handle a nine-figure budget like other actors-turned-directors Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) and Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”).
One potential problem: directing a
small, indie flick huge gigantic titanic non-stop behemoth like JUSTICE LEAGUE would keep him out of commission for years. If it was a success, it would become Affleck’s entire way of life. He might not be ready for that.
The WBs ongoing, long term inability to really get their superhero movie groove on is really quite remarkable, from the countless bad Superman reboots they once planned (Tim Burton/Nicolas Cage) to the horrible Batman movies they actually made (Forever) to the big giant piece of wood that was Green Lantern. It seems to rise above whoever is running the studio. Maybe it’s just something in the water tower. But don’t dismiss Affleck out of hand. People laughed at Jon Favreau directing Iron Man too…and now they laugh WITH him.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.