Ben Affleck Wasn’t Even Close To Directing ‘Justice League’

Just who will direct Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” movie? Though it doesn’t come out until 2015, we’ve been dying to know the answer to that question since the film was first announced. One WB go-to who almost immediately shot down directing rumors was Ben Affleck, who quickly said that it’s “not something I’m working on.”

The rumor mill continued to spin out of control and list other helmers like the Wachowskis as “Justice League” director candidates, but Affleck has come forth yet again to explain why he didn’t take the project. In his version of the story, he was briefly approached about making the movie, but Warner Bros. didn’t have anything to show him.

“I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on,” he told HitFix. “Because someone will eventually do ’Justice League’ and they’ll go, like, ’Ben Affleck passed on it,’ and it won’t be true. So I don’t mind setting the record straight. It’s one of those things where the closest I came was some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, ’Here’s the stuff we’re doing,’ you know? ’Here’s what we’re looking at.’ That kind of thing. And they suggested it. But I don’t think there’s a script. I don’t think there’s anything.”

Even though he won’t be at the movie’s helm, Affleck said he’s excited to see how the movie turns out. He mentions specifically that he’s intrigued to see if WB builds a film world like Marvel did leading up to “The Avengers.”

“I think there’s a DC ’Avengers’ that could be done because they have the characters for it,” he said. “But for shooting these kind of satellite movies with the notion that later on you’ll build the planet that they’re orbiting around, and coordinating it all ahead of time, and imagining how the story’s going to work and flow with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, it’s a big deal. You don’t see that level of organization much in movies. You know what I mean? It’s like enough to just get one movie together and off the ground.”

Affleck echoed similar sentiments when MTV News caught up with him following the initial “Justice League” rumor. He said that while working on “Daredevil” turned him off to comic book films, but he’s still intrigued by “Justice League.”

“I guess I should be flattered, and I’m sure it will be cool,” he said. “I’ve seen some of the stuff from the new Superman movie and that stuff is awesome. I think they took a really cool, real approach to Superman, which no one has done before, so if that trend continues I’m sure ’Justice League’ will be great.”

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