Graduating from street-level crime fare like “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” (and the equally real-world based “Argo” coming out this year) to something as huge as “Justice League” is undoubtedly a massive prospect for Ben Affleck. If the director does indeed sign on, it’s a choice that’ll surely raise plenty of eyebrows, for better or for worse.
But a new Deadline report states that Affleck’s camp is denying the director’s involvement in “Justice League.” They say that at best, Affleck is likely to take a meeting with WB about the project, and that’s it. The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle, as it always does. Still, even if Affleck does take a meeting for “Justice League,” is it likely that he’ll even accept the gig? A quick look to the past says no.
In an interview with MTV News in 2009, Affleck swore off superheroes, citing his poor experience with “Daredevil” as a reason why.
“No, I would not do another,” he said. “[’Daredevil’] was not that much fun … and it’s not something I’m particularly looking to go through again.”
Affleck also recently passed on the opportunity to direct “Man of Steel” for WB before the job ultimately went to Zack Snyder.
“The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money,” Affleck said in 2010. “With ’Superman,’ I think they’re going to do a great version. Chris Nolan is brilliant and they’ve got a great director for it. I’d love to do something like ’Blade Runner,’ but a lesson I’ve learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they’ll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what’s important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies.”
So, even if Affleck is the top choice to direct “Justice League,” it doesn’t seem likely that he wants the gig, based on what he’s said about comic book movies in the past.
Then again, look at what Joss Whedon had to say about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes back in a 2005 interview: “The Avengers to me is tough … I wouldn’t approach The Avengers,” the director said several years before not only approaching “The Avengers,” but turning it into the third highest-grossing film of all time.
If Whedon can change his mind, so can Affleck. Never let it be said that opinions are inflexible — especially where good stories and, yes, dollar signs are concerned.
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