Do You Want Ben Affleck to Direct the 'Justice League' Movie?

Ben Affleck Justice LeagueNormally I think I would be aiming such a question in the headline to the fans of the material, but this time I'm more interested in fans of the man. Variety reports Warner Bros. has approached Ben Affleck to direct their Justice League feature, which, much like The Avengers franchise, would be a superhero team-up, this one involving DC Comics characters such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash.

The studio got close to making the film with George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet) but that fell apart as they tried to rush it into production before the writers strike. This new iteration would apparently not hit theaters until some time around 2015, the same year it looks like The Avengers 2 would be hitting theaters and three years after Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy ended with The Dark Knight Rises.

So now we come to the question of Affleck whom has already given us Gone Baby Gone and The Town and will deliver the highly promising Argo in theaters next month. Does anyone really want Affleck to focus all his directorial attention on a superhero movie instead of something more original?

As Variety notes, Affleck has been considering his next project recently, which has at times included a new adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" (meh) and Greg Berlanti's long-gestating sci-fi drama Replay based on Ken Grimwood's 1987 bestseller following a man who dies and gets the chance to relive his life over and over again, changing partners and professions each time. Personally, neither of those sound all that appealing to me, but they sound infinitely more appealing than the thought of Affleck wasting his time on a superhero franchise.

Should Affleck decide to take the reigns I'd like to assume he'd actually be a good choice. He's a solid storyteller and he can certainly deliver some intensity. Names attached to the film when Miller was involved included Adam Brody as the Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Armie Hammer as Batman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. I can't help but wonder how things would change this time around.

Do You Want Ben Affleck to Direct the Justice League Movie?

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  • Snicket

    I voted no not because I don't think he can handle it, I'm sure it would be interesting. But he is destined for better things than this.

    Plus I'm just so tired of super heroes.

  • kyle coley

    i cant see him doing this, maybe a solo superhero movie

  • Steve

    I said Yes simply because if theyre actually going to do a Justice League film, id like it to actually be good. Otherwise they'd probably give the project to someone who sucks at life like Brett Ratner.

    • Culhwch

      I don't know that Brett Ratner sucks at life so much as he sucks at film. I'd imagine he's living a pretty good life...

  • Sorkinfan

    Personally, I would love to see this. He'd be different than Nolan but still keep that dark tone that I loved so much in Nolan's movies.

    I like seeing directors experiment and I think that taking on a movie like the Justice League would certainly be different from Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

    Would an Affleck Justice League be good? Maybe, maybe not. But it would certainly be interesting.As long as he doesn't cast himself as superman.....oh, dear god, he's going to cast himself as Superman isn't he?

    • Fan

      Lol, that last part got me. Yeah, let's hope not.

  • Scott

    Loved The Town. I think Affleck would say no to JLA even if they begged him. It's not that he's too good for a superhero movie (it ain't hard to think of many superhero movies made by quality directors), but more to the point, I think HE thinks he's above it, so the finished product if he did commit to it would still be lackluster.

    (Then again, the 80's Marvel comics fan in me secretly roots for DC to fail with their little Super Friends, The Movie, so maybe a lackluster JLA wouldn't be so bad. Ha.)

    I happen to enjoy superhero movies, though, so I actually wish even the DC ones the best.

    And as for the foolish argument about this genre squeezing out other genres: do you really think superhero movies would be replaced by cerebral dramas in that vacuum? No, they would be replaced with similar CGI eye candy, like crappy Armageddon or brain-dead Independence Day.

  • JayRam

    Voted no. Affleck certainly has the chops, but I'm more curious to see what other type of movies he may do.

  • Paul

    Question is if he does take the job are we looking at Ben Affleck to play the next Superman or Batman?

    Either way I feel little. The film will ultimately end up being whatever the studio wants it to be.

    • maja

      I'm hoping if this does happen then he will cast Casey Affleck in the Superman/Batman role!

  • kyle coley

    i see only one person besides nolan to do this, that man is Matthew Vaughn

  • loxmang

    i think they should just not make this movie at all.

  • Kessler

    Eh. It's fine. We all knew we were getting this film anyway so at least Warner Bros. is considering someone talented. Affleck is a good storyteller and staged some impressive action in The Town. I agree that I'd rather see something more original, but I disagree that he would be "wasting his time on a superhero franchise." If Affleck can deliver a great film, regardless of what genre, how would that be a waste of his time? It doesn't matter what genre it is as long as its a good movie.

    • Darren

      Yep, I've always been confused by this attitude. If Affleck were directing a romantic comedy or a movie featuring police officers (both genres far more common than "superhero" films), I don't think anyone would argue the genre was beneath him. They'd assume that he'd simply make a good example of that particular genre.

      I never understood superhero fatigue. There's what... four big budget examples of them a year? Maybe ten if you count small-budget indies, parodies and deconstructions. Compare that to romantic comedies, or fratboy comedies, cop movies or prestige period pieces. There are far less.

      I never understood why the mere presence of these films irritates people so much. If you don't like them... don't watch them. If you have to watch them, remember that there's at most a half-dozen straight examples each year.

      • Kessler

        You said it better than I did. However, I think the superhero fatigue is more of a result that all of them are being released in the summer. If the movies were being spread out, then i think people wouldn't be so tired at the idea of another superhero film. But I completely agree that there aren't as much being made as people think. If anything, there were better superhero films this year than last year.

  • adu

    I voted yes, as odd as all this sounds to me. He is no doubt a good storyteller, but a superhero movie? It will be very interesting and probably a big career move for him; up or down.

  • Chris138

    I love what he's directed so far but I'd rather see him use his talents for other things. Then again I am not wild about the idea of a Justice League movie in the first place.

  • Antonio A

    Why would he "waste his time" doing this? This will certainly introduce his talents to the masses in a big way, maybe later opening doors to works of bigger scope and ambition if he wants so (like Batman did for Nolan), and the movie itself will present a huge challenge (in my opinion much bigger than doing something like The Avengers, which had an absurd amount of set up). It's not even like Gone Baby Gone and The Town are both indisputable masterpieces that put him "above" this genre! If he wants to do it and has new ideas to bring to the table, then so be it.

  • Alex L.

    Why not just keep Zac Snyder from Man of Steel...?

  • AKD

    Why would it be a waste of time? If it's good enough for Nolan, Whedon and Branagh then why does BB believe superhero movies to be a waste of time?

    • AKD

      My comment isn't meant to be an attack, I honestly just want to know your opinion.

      • Newbourne

        Because Brad is already sick of superhero films.

        Blade 2, Spiderman (2002)
        Daredevil, Hulk, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X2 (2003)
        Blade 3, Catwoman, Hellboy, The Punisher, Spiderman 2 (2004)
        Constantine, Elektra, Batman Begins, Fantastic Four, Sky High (2005)
        Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, Zoom (2006)
        Fantastic Four 2, Ghost Rider, Spiderman 3 (2007)
        The Dark Knight, Hancock, Hellboy II, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Punisher 2, The Spirit (2008)
        Watchmen, Wolverine (2009)
        Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex, Kick-Ass, Super (2010)
        Captain America, The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class (2011)
        Amazing Spiderman, Avengers, Chronicle, Dark Knight Rises, Dredd, Ghost Rider 2 (2012)
        Iron Man 3, Kick-Ass 2, Man of Steel, Thor 2, The Wolverine (2013)
        Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ninja Turtles, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

        Nolan did his film after 13 straight superhero movies.
        Branagh did his after 37 straight superhero movies.
        Whedon did his after 40 straight superhero movies.

        And when 2014 is done, that will be 54... and that's not counting what other superhero movies that will pop up soon including Avengers 2, Ant-Man, the Batman-reboot, a Man of Steel sequel, Daredevil and MORE!

        It amazes me how people are just now getting sick of these movies. Just wait til they get to #75 Justice League. I'm telling you, everyone will be sick of superheroes by then.

        • AJ

          Here's a fun challenge... count up the number of spy/secret agent films that are made! Include the comedies, spoofs, team-based ones, serious ones, outlandish ones, Bond ones, and stuff like Affleck's "Argo".

          Obviously, people must be sick of that genre now.

          • James

            Or better yet, count up the romantic comedies...or the period pieces.

          • AJ

            @James: True, but I was trying to be as fair as possible and narrow it down to films about a specific occupation rather than a wider genre.

            In the last year or two we've had or will have: Skyfall, The Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Haywire, Hanna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Unknown, Argo... Hell, I haven't seen the new version, but the old "Total Recall" had him living the memories of being a secret agent on Mars. I'm sure there are plenty that are slipping my mind.

            It seems we get at least 4 or 5 spy films a year, and many of them major productions.

  • Hamza Zain

    It is an inspired choice, to say the least. I'd rather have Affleck make films his way, like his first three are, as opposed to the control the studio will take. Might be good though.

  • Ian

    I'd rather see him do more challenging stuff, since he's shown a lot of promise so far. Justice League has disaster written all over it.

  • Newbourne

    I bet he casts himself as Batman. Affleck loves to cast himself in his films.

  • kyle coley

    he said he was done with superheros

  • Kai Sacco

    I'm not against him helming a Justice League movie, but at the same time, I would much rather him focus his attention on original works.

  • nouh,holla

    i'm for it. If he directs, 5 bucks says that Kevin Smith does the screenplay! that means a comic writer/fanboy will write the film, thus making it a really good and accurate comic book movie.

  • charles

    Just get Dr. George Miller to do it.

  • M H

    "Does anyone really want Affleck to focus all his directorial attention on a superhero movie instead of something more original?"

    With all due respect, Affleck's three movies so far have not been original works, they've all been adaptations of novels. Which is fine, but how does that make him better than directing a superhero movie? Especially if a) it is essentially an adaptation, and b) it is what he wants to do?

    I have no problem with Affleck directing a Justice League movie, as long as it's what he wants to do. I would just hope that if he does he puts his heart and soul into it like Nolan with the Batman films, Whedon with the Avengers, and Del Toro with the Hellboy movies. If that's where his heart is, then it's best for everybody else who is not Ben Affleck to leave it alone and forget telling him that he is wasting his time or talent. In the end it's ultimately his choice.

  • jake_w

    I'd rather see Affleck direct the next inevitable Batman reboot.

    • Chris138

      If I had to choose a superhero/comic book character for Ben Affleck to direct, that would be the one. Otherwise, I think he's better off directing other material.

      • Newbourne

        I bet Ben Affleck could direct a solid Green Arrow film or even a Flash film. The latter would be ideal, because I think Affleck is one of the few directors who could handle The Flash without making him seem ridiculous.

  • Newbourne

    Hey, as long as Jonathan Nolan writes it, I'm cool with Affleck directing it. Imagine the stars Affleck would be able to get for the movie?

    I just hope they go with an older mature and sophisticated Batman. Imagine if Affleck gets Jon Hamm to play the role? We need this older experienced Batman to put the Justice League together.

    Jon Hamm as Batman, Charlize Theron as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Idris Elba as Green Lantern, Colin Farrell as Green Arrow, Bradley Cooper as The Flash & Benedict Cumberbatch as Martian Man Hunter.

    Make it happen WarnerBros!

    • James

      That's remarkably good casting (though I like Nicolas Winding Refn's idea of casting Christina Hendricks as Wonder Woman)...and yeah, I love the idea. He's clearly shown himself to be a talented director and if he can bring a different perspective/style to the series that makes the JLA into a quality film, I'm all for it. I disagree with the dismissive attitude that it would be a waste of time if he can make a great film out of it, and as someone not named "Nolan" to boot (not that I don't love Nolan's work, but a new vision would be beneficial).

  • Cordia

    i don't know if he should do this, he could i think but i would like him to do the new Batman movie over this one

  • Yaz

    He's proved he's more than capable of directing, but I think they should find someone else. If it's going to have an Avengers scope, they should find someone else. To be honest, I would love a great JLA film, but if I'm looking at it from WB's point of view, I'm thinking money. Get Michael Bay. No jokes. He'll make JLA a fun and profitable popcorn flick. It may lack huge in artistic merit, but it'll bring in the money.

  • Connor

    It is not a bad idea. The Town was a good movie.