Everyone runs the story about Ben Affleck directing the Justice League movie because it’s a good headline. When his reps deny he’s directing it, nobody picks it up.
Well, we do.
Two days ago we ran a story about Warner Bros. wanting Ben Affleck to direct a Justice League movie. It’s a super idea. With his directorial history, I’d love to see what he could do with a movie like that. His upcoming movie Argo looks cool as hell, especially that trailer when “Dream On” kicks in.
But here’s the thing: Affleck’s reps stated it’s not gonna happen.
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When the story broke, it almost sounded too good to be true. As we’ve learned in life, when it sounds too good, it usually is.
Mike Fleming at Deadline checked out the scoop when it broke, and Affleck’s representatives said “it was not going to happen with him.” They confirmed that the studio would like him to direct the project, but at this time, Affleck “might take a meeting, but that’s it.”
It’s hard to imagine anyone seeing how Joss Whedon did The Avengers and thinking, “Hey, I could do that. That looks pretty easy.” Oscar winner Affleck seems to be cautious when choosing his projects so far with two relatively small films under his belt and a third on the way.
If Affleck doesn’t plan on directing the Justice League feature, it begs the question of who the right person is to direct it. Or, more appropriately, the question of who does WB have in the batter’s circle.
Personally, I’d call Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, two of the driving forces behind the DC Animated Universe. See if they want to take a meeting about the future of Batman and the Justice League. I’m not sure they would be interested in entering live action, but they’ve got the chops with the animated series for Batman, Superman and the Justice League, and more. Recently, a lot of directors have come from animation to direct live action. Directors like Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, both from Pixar.
WB is kidding themselves if they’re not gonna link the Justice League project with Man of Steel. And for the love of Christ, just sign Ryan Gosling on to play Batman already.