It was rumored before that Ben Affleck was on Warner Bros’ radar to direct the ensemble Justice League movie starring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. It’s a big superhero team project that had WB frantically getting it off the ground after the huge success from Marvel and Disney’s The Avengers. They figured if the Marvel characters can pull this off, then so can DC characters. With that rumor out, Affleck’s people were quick to reject the news of him helming the project.
Now Affleck has come to set the record straight on all this crazy talk. Even though the meeting that he attended didn’t have anything concrete, like a fleshed-out script, he says that he’s not opposed to the idea of directing a Justice League, that is if the script is worth it.
“I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on,” he said. “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.”
Affleck shares his thoughts on the potential of DC’s Justice League movie and how he was impressed with the way Marvel tied all the individual heroes together in one big expanded universe.
“I think there’s a DC ‘Avengers’ that could be done because they have the characters for it,” he said. “And there’s some stuff in the comics now that’s kind of interesting, and it’s cool. That’s what Marvel does so well. They do a lot of things well, but one of the things that I’m really impressed by is how they coordinated all those movies. I mean, you never see somebody make a whole movie with the eye of, like, building it into new sequels, but that’s because you’re just hoping it’s a hit and you’ll do it again.”
And it looks like DC wants to get in on the expanded universe premise, except they’re working backwards by introducing the team first, and then pumping out solo hero movies afterwards. He continues to talk about how Marvel’s organizational skills paved the way for this to happen.
“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.”
And here’s his direct reply to whether he’s down to direct the movie.
“I would love it,” he said. “My interest is really just in, you know, if I like the characters and if the stories seem smart and surprise me. The things that people look for. So those things exist in the superhero genre. And when they do, I think it’s really exciting. I think they exist in the science-fiction genre. If you look at ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Alien’ to ‘Aliens’ on down through today. So it’s just about finding a good script, honestly. I wouldn’t be into something or not based on the genre.”
I still need to go watch Argo, Affleck’s latest directorial project, since I hear many great things about it. His previous movie, The Town, was a solid and intense bank heist film. I just hope he doesn’t cast himself in the movie, which he’s known to do. Maybe he can cast himself as Jimmy Olsen.