Ben Affleck might not be Daredevil anymore, but it looks like he still might be the man without fear, based on a report that he's being eyed to direct Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's "Justice League" adaptation.
Variety reports that Affleck, the actor-director behind "The Town" and the upcoming "Argo," has been approached to helm the long developing film based on DC Comics' most popular superheroes, including Batman and Superman. According to the report, the filmmaker will meet with Warner Bros. brass in the coming days; he's also reportedly the only director in the running to have received a copy of "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall's draft of the script.
The report goes on to suggest that Affleck himself might be interested in suiting up for one of the pivotal "Justice League" roles, a roster that features the likes of not just the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, but also Green Lantern (recently played by Ryan Reynolds to middling results) and The Flash (another character with a feature film long in development).
"Affleck has made it clear that he's only interested in directing films in which he also stars," states the Variety piece, "so its likely that if this pairing ever came to fruition, he would don a suit of his own."
But after starring in 2003's "Daredevil," a critical and commercial failure, Affleck made it clear that he will never play a superhero again. "No, I would not do another," he told MTV News in 2009. "['Daredevil'] was not that much fun ... and it's not something I'm particularly looking to go through again."
Affleck was also a candidate to direct WB's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," before the hiring of Zack Snyder. Speaking with Deadline, Affleck explained why he passed on the movie, "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."
For "Justice League," it appears that there aren't a lot of guys ahead of Affleck on the list, if the Variety report is to be believed. Stay tuned to MTV News as more on the story develops.
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