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Reports are in that Ben Affleck may be in the running to direct and possibly co-star in a Justice League film set to hit theaters in 2015.

During The Dark Knight Rises‘ press rounds, we found out that director Christopher Nolan turned down offers from WB to direct a Justice League film and now it looks like they’ve turned towards another director they’ve had success with before – Ben Affleck.

You may remember the highly successful film that Affleck starred and directed in for Warner Bros. – The Town. It seems they’re confident enough with him to even send him the Justice League script that Gangster Squad writer Will Beall wrote last summer. We have to imagine not many people are being shown this script, so it’s a fairly big sign that Affleck is definitely being considered.

Oddly enough, Affleck has made it clear from his past films that he only wishes to direct films that he is also starring in. According to Variety, Affleck’s representatives declined to comment on whether he would co-star in the film or even be involved at all. Deadline even went on to say they’ve already confirmed with Affleck’s people and he’s reportedly “passed” on directing. But, knowing that Variety and Deadline have what we’d call…a friendly rivalry…makes it difficult to know who to believe as of now. Deadline does note that Warner Bros. is interested in Affleck directing the film though.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Justice League, it’s essentially The Avengers for DC Comic heroes. The League includes Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Wonder Woman.

Most likely all of these characters will be recast, with possibly Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) being the only actor to have a solo-film linked to his name before the Justice League hits theaters in 2015. This also means recasting Batman within just a few years of Christian Bale’s trilogy, which will be a daunting task to say the least.

Affleck has proven to be quite the capable director in the last few years (even more so than his acting abilities), but he will be in the same seat as directors John Favreau (Iron Man) and Kenneth Branagh (Thor) if he gets his hands on a film this size, with such franchise potential.

Despite the recent failures in the DC Comics world, such as Green Lantern and Superman Returns, The Dark Knight franchise has proven that DC heroes can bring the masses to theaters. Man of Steel is DC’s next big film, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, this gritty Superman film may be the perfect segue into what looks to be a great time to finally get The Justice League together.

With the right director, script, and cast – The Justice League has enough fan-favorite characters that it could battle even The Avengers for our collective-comic hearts. Though, even suggesting such an impossible task seems difficult after director Joss Whedon signed on to direct The Avengers 2 just yesterday.

Are you ready for a Justice League film? Think Ben Affleck is up for the monumental task?

  • Robhawk823

    ……Affleck??

    • Me

      ??

  • Jason

    Yes. Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes. But I’d only see that happening if it was completely separate from The Dark Knight. Perhaps they could get a new Batman! We can assume from TDKR that maybe John Blake became the new Batman, not necessarily Robin, and from then on there was a new Batman who kept taking on the mantle from then. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

      Whatever the next batman is it wont have ANYTHING to do with The Dark Knight trilogy. Joseph Gordon Levitt will not be in it. It will be a reboot (Like Batman Begins was to Batman & Robin). Most likely Batman will only exist in the Justice League movies for the next 10 years or so until people forget about Nolan’s Batman films.

      • Kent

        Forget about Nolan’s Batman films? …I’m confused.

        • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

          The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t a huge success because it came out too close to Spider-Man 3. WB want’s to give the public time to get Nolan’s films out of their minds so it’s no longer as fresh. A great way to do that is only have batman in Justice League until that’s over, then reboot batman. Since Justice League would be really different than Nolan’s batman there would be no way to compare it since he’s part of an ensamble. Then after 10 or so years of Justice League movies reboot batman as a standalone franchise. People will no longer be so quick to compare batman to Nolan’s amazing trilogy.

    • Me

      I highly doubt that it would be JGL because this would take place in a completely different world than Christopher Nolan’s World. It would be too much of an attachment. Like you said, completely separate.

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    lol oh god, I do not see this going well at all. Goodluck DC, y’all are gonna need it to even be considered in the same league as Marvel xD

    That being said, if Affleck does direct it and is in it, I’d like to see him as Green Lantern lol Cuz I’m pretty sure EVERYONE needs to be recast for this movie to work. If it’s going to work at all. Which it won’t.

    lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

      Out of curiosity, how is DC not considered to be in the same league as Marvel? Marvel has more movies certainly but DC’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy has proven they have arguably the most popular singular superhero. Not to mention Batman’s recent video games. I am more of a DC fan but both have plenty of bragging rights and have accomplished a lot.

      • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

        I think the Nolan franchise is more exception to the rule than an example of it. I just feel like Marvel now has all their ducks in a row and has really stepped up on their game. They’re now successfully pumping out a couple of movies a year which are all top-notch quality.

        Also, I think the Marvel movies are a little more generally accessible. I work at a movie theatre, and while TDKR is INCREBIDBLY successful, the number of refunds I’ve had to issue is ridiculous. Parents think “Oh, it’s a superhero movie! =D” and bring their kids to it. “My son loves the Batman cartoon!” Half an hour later, I’m getting refunds because the movie is too dark.

        Not that that’s a bad thing. That’s more the parents’ fault than the movie’s. I like Nolan franchise because it’s dark and serious, but I’m more likely to watch a Marvel movie any day of the week just because. I need to be in a certain mood for the Nolan movies.

        But that’s just me. Overall though, I see Marvel as really having their shit together and DC [Batman aside] really needs a miracle to reach Marvel’s levels in terms of a Justice League movie rivalling The Avengers.

        • Liderc

          The only GOOD Marvel movie has been Iron Man, the other’s have zero story. So I wouldn’t say Marvel has more than DC, I’d just say Marvel just hasn’t completely flopped as much as DC. Thor was terrible, Captain America wasn’t great and Iron Man 2 wasn’t good. Avengers wasn’t amazing either, it was just popular. I’d take the first Iron Man movie over Avengers any day. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

            That’s a matter of opinion, I thought Thor was good, Iron was great and yes the Avengers was amazing. It had everything a movie of that scale needed; great script, great actors, great action, great plot and ofcourse it had the HULK. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love this movie.

          • Liderc

            Avengers had a great plot? now we know not to take your movie tastes seriously.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

            @Liderc:disqus: I’m an average movie goer who expects nothing but a movie worth the money I’m spend watching it. So yes, it was a good movie and a plot worth the money I spent. 
            Like I said, it is all a matter of opinion, no need to criticize me for liking what you don’t. 
            A mature person would understand that. 

          • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

            This is a reply to Liderc’s reply lol

            First off, “we know not to take your movie tastes seriously”? Movie
            tastes are all subjective. I fucking love the Twilight movies. Not cuz I
            think they’re amazing and award-winning, but because I think they’re
            hilariously bad. My best friend just thinks they’re plain bad and refuses to ever see them, and her older sister thinks they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. Different strokes for different folks.

            Secondly, Avengers DID have a great plot: Thor’s brother is pissed off and wants revenge by taking over the planet Thor loves, Earth. Yeah, it’s simple as fuck, but in a movie with trying to balance so many major players and actors, simplicity the best way to go. Coupled with great dialogue, great acting, and great action, everything was pretty spot on.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

            Marvel has had commercial success, Their films are made perfectly to be consumed by families and people of all ages. DC has tried to make their films more adult and sometimes “artful” (To varying degrees of success). I prefer DC’s method (Batman) since I feel it transcends the whole superhero genre. I’ve been entertained by a few Marvel films, I’ve been bored by others. But the dark knight trilogy I’ve actually been moved by. It’s silly to expect all superhero films to be as investing as Nolan’s batman so I don’t. But just as DC can claim they have the most legitimate film (as far as it’s place in film and it’s history) Marvel can claim they have the most financially successful (The Avengers). Marvel truthfully isn’t interested in making artful movies. They’re interested in making entertainment, thats okay. DC is trying to make their film more mature and artful and that’s okay too. Both types of films are needed. The world would be quite dull if everyone did the same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

    The more I think about this the more I’m intrigued, I’ve seen “The Town” directed by Ben Affleck and it’s quite good actually. If Affleck were to be cast in it I’d like to see him as The Flash. This actually could be a really interesting project. As long as they take time with the characters and don’t just rush from action set piece to action set piece this could be a very entertaining film.

  • Me

    As long as this has story, itll be fine. I can’t stand Superhero films that use the action to distract from a terrible plot.

  • Bem

    Love Affleck the director. Absolutely hate Affleck the actor

  • Glaciusx

    Can we just get a Wonder Woman movie? She’s the only one who really matters here.

    • akacj7

      AGREED. jennifer garner for Wonder Woman!

      But for real, i only care abut this because of the potential it has to introduce the world to Wonder Woman. It could finally be the way to kick off a franchise for a kick-ass comic book character that up until now most producers and studios have been too daft to give a chance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

        I second that! Jennifer Garner for Wonder Woman. I loved her as Elektra and think she will do a really good job

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    I’m guessing he’ll cast himself as Wonder Woman ;)

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    Interesting choice I guess, but the Justice League has always been my favorite comic series so I’m very worried this will be a stinker (which would be a real shame) I think if they hire really great writer and quality actors for each role then there won’t be a huge issue. 

    If Ben wants to play a role I can see him as the flash. Flash is the character I am most worried about, a super fast runner is goofy  - to bring that to the big screen seems like the most challenging. 

  • Marco

    I could Joseph Gordon Levitt coming back as a young Batman in training it helps keep continuity. it would also help single out Superman as the leader since Batman would still be trying to learn his way similar to Captain America not being the main leader in the Avengers.

    • LaPierre

      You’re suggesting DC knows anything about continuity.  j/k  I believe they’re getting better about that now.  

  • RSCAR

    WB needs to have a plan. They should do it like this:
    If Arrow is good, start with that as the introduction to the DC universe.
    Then, Man of Steel Summer 2013
    The Flash Winter 2015
    Wonder Woman Spring 2015
    Justice League 2015 or 2016 with Superman,Batman,Flash,Wonder Woman,Green Arrow and Green Lantern.

    • LaPierre

      I’m a fan of J’onn J’onzz.  I hope the Manhunter is in it.

    • IndyAllen21

      Exactly! They need to do this like Marvel did the Avengers. Start by making movies for each heroes so we get an introduction, tie them together, then make the Justice League film! Although, I am one of the few people who want Aqua Man to be in a Justice League film just because it seem’s like he’s always getting the raw deal. 

  • DJ Duncan

    WHAT. THE. HELL.

  • ArIal_29

    I don’t think he can do a big budget film with big special effects. He should stick to independent films, that’s what he’s good at.

    Plus he already did the super hero thing with that one movie, he can’t be a different one.

    • http://www.korracast.com/ Fravit

      we haven’t seen him do a big budget blockbuster, so there’s know way to know whether he’d be good at it or not. some people are multitalented.

      also, joss whedon never did a huge blockbuster on the scale of avengers before. some would argue serenity, but serenity was far lower budget and scale than an average summer blockbuster. so you never know.

    • Jnthn44

      lol if Chris Evans can be Captain America AND be in Fantastic Four, Affleck can too. they’re already redoing Daredevil with someone else >.<

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    I just know this whole Justice League thing is gonna collapse in on itself.  The Dark Knight films are the only good thing to come out of their modern movies.  Green Lantern was a pile of shit, Superman Returns was a BIG pile of shit, and the Wonder Woman show didn’t even get picked up because it was going to be a HUMUNGOUS pile of shit.

  • http://www.korracast.com/ Fravit

    Affleck is a great director. I would rather him stay out of the movie, but given what I’ve seen him do with The Town (highly underrated movie in my opinion,) I think he could handle a big budget action movie. Seems like the next logical step for his directorial career.

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    It’s a pity that the characters will be recast. I think what made The Avengers work so well was it’s proximity with the recent movies (timewise) and the fact that they used the same actors. It’s as if the back story to the characters is already established by their individuals movies, and here they just come together.
    Now with an almost completely new cast, it feels like the story must in part be told all over again. We must meet this “new” Batman, “new” Greenlantern, and so on…

    • Rayeofsunshine

      I agree.  BUT what’s hard is that Marvel already took that, so even if they did do it, then JL would be counted as a Copy. 

      • Mrs_Badcrumble

        Humm, I’m not sure it can be called a copy, but it will be as much a “copy” with the same actors as with different ones. The formula is pretty much the same.

  • Rayeofsunshine

    I think there should be a Teen TItan movie, or just A Titans movie, because, well, Avengers has already been done, and JL will be forever compared to Avengers. 
       BUT, TT is a younger group, and will keep the “Team” feel without being compared to avengers.

     Just my opinion. I think it’s too early for a JL. 

    • Rayeofsunshine

      Oh, and people don’t know who the Titans are, but they kinda know their Mentors, so it would be a breath of fresh air. “Cyborg who? He’s cool!”

  • Jkredwine

    I’m ok withe the New 52 team, if that’s the direction they want to go. But they still are left with a few major problems there:

    1) Having only one female member of the team would be a terrible mistake. This would necessitate bringing in another character like Zatanna, who I’m a big fan of, but who technically doesn’t belong. 

    2) Aquaman is still lame and will never be done successfully on screen. I suggest Hawkman take his place. Maaaaaybe the Manhunter, but I think Hawkman is easier to fold in without his own film. Also, no archer characters like Green Arrow. That just feels so copy-cat after the inclusion of Hawkeye in Avengers. 

    3) Recasting Batman and Green Lantern for a blockbuster franchise so soon is a HUGE gamble. I guess JGL could try to don the cape as a fledgling Batman, but frankly I’d rather see Nightwing take his place in the line-up if all you want is the continuity from Nolan’s universe through actor choice.

    And Ben Affleck definitely shouldn’t be entrusted with a blockbuster this size yet. Frankly idk who I would choose to direct.

  • kkfaye

    I feel like DC is trying to reach the success Marvel had with The Avengers, but they are missing the most important component. Joss Whedon. He is the biggest reason the different movie franchises were able to come together. Not to mention, it will be close to impossible to give all of these characters a decent amount of back story/development in only one film. I am skeptical to say the least.

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