Warner Bros Courting Ben Affleck to Direct Justice League

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Warner Bros Courting Ben Affleck to Direct Justice League

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The director of The Town and Gone, Baby, Gone may take on DC's premiere superhero team.

Amidst all the fuss over Marvel Studio's incredibly succesful superhero franchise, it's important to note that Warner Bros. is planning its own superhero movies outside of the traditionally popular Batman and Superman franchises. The film production company is already gearing up for its own multi-hero blockbuster in the form of a Justice League movie planned for 2015, but a director and cast are still needed before the project can move forward. Warner Bros. is already on the hunt, having approached actor and director Ben Affleck in the hopes that he will bring to DC superheroes what directors like Joss Whedon have done for Marvel.

The news that Affleck might be involved in DC's most important superhero project since The Dark Knight may be horrifying to some, considering Affleck's previous forray into superhero territory with Daredevil. The movie was a critical flop that stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the more successful X-Men 2, which came out the same year. As an actor, Affleck's performances have ranged wildly from critically acclaimed performances in films like Good Will Hunting, to projects most try to forget ever happened like in Gigli.

But before we give up all hope, remember that when it comes to directing, Ben Affleck has a very impressive track record. Gone, Baby, Gone and The Town were adaptations of crime novels that both received critical accolades, with The Town in particular proving he could pull off visually impressive action scenes. If he can make the transition from adapting gritty, Boston-based crime stories to larger-than-life heroics, Affleck could prove a very capable director for Warner Bros.

It's entirely possible that Affleck might not be able to take on the project, since his involvement would likely take him out of circulation as a director for at least a few years. Affleck has also been offered the chance to direct a movie version of Stephen King's The Stand. If he accepts, Warner Bros. won't be able to wait for him without pushing its release date past 2015, the same period in which Avengers 2 is expected to hit theaters. Either way, if Warner Bros. hopes to compete with the blockbuster success that is Marvel Studios, it will have to make some important decisions very soon.

Source: Variety, via IGN
Image: Zap2it

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An interesting choice. He's a great director (Gone Baby Gone is a fantastic film), but he's not who I would.have thoight for a super hero movie. What I really wish they'd do is get in some writers who are used to writing for these characters. Get Paul Dini or Bruce Timm to wrote.the.script.and.I'll be there day one.

Point of order: If a Justice League movie is in the works, is it gonna be the latest Batman stepping up to the plate?

Being a DC fan and being constantly disappointed. I just have no hope.

It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

Could DC not just sell their movie rights to Marvel Studio's? They have proven that they can make good super hero movies like noboday else before them while DC have proven all they can do well is a very loose verson of Batman.

It could be an interesting indicator of tone that they'd think of Ben Affleck. Gone Baby Gone is a visually striking, fantastic film but it certainly isn't what I'd associate with a superhero team up movie. I figured they'd pitch Justice League a bit lighter in tone than Nolan's Batman, but perhaps they want it to strike that same feel.

Where's the rolled up newspaper? I need to hit DC on the nose with it...

*HOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRRRRRF!!!*

Ack...bleh...excuse me, just threw up the burrito I had for dinner. Someone please explain to me how Ben Affleck keeps finding work in Hollywood? Good Will Hunting was a LONG time ago....

One of my favorite South Park lines ever:
*during the episode featuring a couple that have actual butts instead of faces, Ben Affleck is shown for the first time in the episode sitting in a limo* Ben, to himself: "I'm Ben Affleck and I have no talent."

I guess im still the only guy who kind of liked DareDevil... oh well...

*Looks at Electra*

Eeeeerrreeeggghhh...

*Shudders*

Eri:
Being a DC fan and being constantly disappointed. I just have no hope.

Given past films, I doubt Morgan Freeman has enough.

Eri:
Being a DC fan and being constantly disappointed. I just have no hope.

I know that feel bro

*raises hand

Spidey fan ;_;

FelixG:
A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

They already tried to make a TV show and it bombed harder than Hiroshima. Didn't even get passed the pilot.

As long as he STAYS on that side of the camera.

All Warners need to do is give Joss Whedon enough monies to abandon Avengers 2 and direct Justice League instead, and that'll make DC a success and cripple Marvel!

What I'm choosing to take from this article is that Affleck will be directing a movie version of The Stand. M O O N that spells not going to work in such a short format. Trilogy perhaps.

I don't know how to feel about this. No wait, I do. This doesn't seem like a good idea!

if he can direct that is well and great if he gets someone competent to write the script, that seems to be the thing here, someone that gets the characters and gets the world and gets that people know these characters we do not need any explanation of who superman, batman, wonder woman, green lantern the flash, is, maybe martian manhunter would need some if any.

nolans batman is our anyway, bale is done wo nolan, lest he has said so in the past, good riddence i say he was a horrible batman period. nolans batman is not any kind of batman, he is just a guy that puts on a suit when he feels like it.

Reboot the characters as necessary, set the JL in its own universe, heck mabe even do like that one animated movie set in the 1950s with the younger batman, superman etc, where they dont really know each other too well but have to work together.

They have 2 of the big 3 pretty well established... Superman has had his ups and downs but everyone knows him. Batman is a lock. Wonder Woman, however, hasn't even been spoken of.

What??? I mean I liked Gone Baby Gone and The Town, but Affleck was not even on my rader of possible directors who'd be good for taking up an ensamble superhero movie.

You know, the whole bulk of this article doesn't matter anymore, all I can say to that is a 'bwuh?' and couldn't they get someone with more of a proven relevant track record for what I'd imagine is DC's most important movie to get right.

But I don't care about that, The Stand may be getting a movie, which is awesome. But then I'm reminded that I probably won't enjoy it. A. The book is almost always better than the film and B. They're trying to get Ben Affleck to direct it. So yay, I see disappointment on the horizon.

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

Did you see any footage of the Wonder Woman TV show that they just tried to make? The network executives took one look at the pilot episode and told them to kill everyone involved, burn all the film and salt the earth where it was shot.

Warner Brothers just does not get it... I mean Ben Affleck? Really? If you are going to make a nerd genre comic book movie, wouldn't your first choice to make it be someone that the nerds don't pretty much universally despise, and who hadn't already killed a comic book franchise almost single handidly. I mean really? Was Joel Schumacher unavailable?

Awexsome:
They have 2 of the big 3 pretty well established... Superman has had his ups and downs but everyone knows him. Batman is a lock. Wonder Woman, however, hasn't even been spoken of.

Wonder Woman was in early stages awhile back. Joss Wheedon was originally supposed to direct it. But he and WB had creative differences about it (he wanted to do an old school WW2 story, similar to what Captain America became, they didn't) Wheedon then left the project and went to do Avengers, And WB converted WW to a TV Show. That got cancelled before it even aired.

Gizmo1990:
Could DC not just sell their movie rights to Marvel Studio's? They have proven that they can make good super hero movies like noboday else before them while DC have proven all they can do well is a very loose verson of Batman.

DC is owned by Warner Bros. and you would never sell your movie rights to the rivals would you? Especially when your rival is Disney.

All else considered Affleck could make it work, but if the executives repeat what they did with Whedon itll likely be a repeat of Green Lantern at best.

Well, it will be interesting to see how bad this movie could be.

They are trying to make a movie based on characters that have had two superhero movie franchises that were successful. And given the way they are following the GTA games (grim and gritty) I would prefer the actual comic-book movies by Marvel as it is nice to see how these characters came to be.

*hits Warner Brothers repeatedly with a newspaper*

Bad company, no! NO!. Now go sit in the corner and think about your life.

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

agreed on all this, although i think flash would make a half decent movie (the right actor provided, don't quite know who i would envision in the role..would have to be half decent with humor though), especially if they involved the speedforce and have him just obliterate and enemy with it.

also, agree on the wonderwoman bit, if catwoman in the new movie is anything to compare to, there can be a strong female main character while not being overtly sexy as the main point. (anne hathaway is still a babe though)

still, staying open to the idea of being surprised.

Joss Whedon, his other qualities aside, was a good pick for The Avengers for two reasons:

1. He is really good at group dynamics in the action genre.

2. Every show he has created that made it past season 1 featured characters that would fit into a superhero comic. And then he made a movie of the one show that didn't make it past season 1 and turned one of the characters into a superhero.

I don't care how good a director you find, if they aren't demonstrably able to match at least the first point, they are a poor pick for a Justice League movie. Point 2 would be a nice bonus, but who the hell can match that?

My opinion? Whoever directs it, get Brian Clevinger(Atomic Robo, 8-Bit Theater) to write the script. That way you can get at least one part of the movie the nerd cred it needs.

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

You're seriously calling Nolan's Batman "half-decent"?

This is for you:

Besides Nolan said he wanted his take on the Batman to be totally separated from the rest of the DC Film Universe.

P.S: I have high hopes for Man Of Steel.

Gizmo1990:
Could DC not just sell their movie rights to Marvel Studio's? They have proven that they can make good super hero movies like noboday else before them while DC have proven all they can do well is a very loose verson of Batman.

That would be like Activision/Treyarch asking EA to make the new Call of Duty. They're competitors, and have been for a while. The CoD game will suffer so that Battlefield will look better.

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

I'm guessing that they'll just leave the continuity to Marvel on this one. I mean, they have so many conflicting thematic styles that mixing Nolan's Batman with the shitty Green Lantern (that I agree was more the screenwriter's fault) and the upcoming Zack Snyder Superman along with other movies just to try and see if they can make the Avenger's cinematic lightning strike twice is a bit insane.

If they make one, I would rather they just give some short descriptions, make one of them a main character with an actual arc(My money's on either Superman or WW) and introduce a big evil dude from the obscure backwoods of the comics and let the heroes have a big fancy punch-up.

SidheKnight:

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

You're seriously calling Nolan's Batman "half-decent"?

This is for you:

Besides Nolan said he wanted his take on the Batman to be totally separated from the rest of the DC Film Universe.

P.S: I have high hopes for Man Of Steel.

Averaging is your friend here, the Nolan's Batman has been a high point, but average it with the other Batmans, and you have...meh, and I preferred the villains from the series more than Bale as batman

Ya'know, I wouldn't mind seeing Affleck take a shot at this. Haven't seen The Town, but I absolutely loved Gone Baby Gone. I say, let him try. If he fails we won't be surprised that another superhero-movie from Warner Bros sucked.

gigastar:

Gizmo1990:
Could DC not just sell their movie rights to Marvel Studio's? They have proven that they can make good super hero movies like noboday else before them while DC have proven all they can do well is a very loose verson of Batman.

DC is owned by Warner Bros. and you would never sell your movie rights to the rivals would you? Especially when your rival is Disney.

All else considered Affleck could make it work, but if the executives repeat what they did with Whedon itll likely be a repeat of Green Lantern at best.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

Gizmo1990:
Could DC not just sell their movie rights to Marvel Studio's? They have proven that they can make good super hero movies like noboday else before them while DC have proven all they can do well is a very loose verson of Batman.

That would be like Activision/Treyarch asking EA to make the new Call of Duty. They're competitors, and have been for a while. The CoD game will suffer so that Battlefield will look better.

I know full well that it would never happen and why but a guy can dream right?

SidheKnight:

FelixG:
It will suck regardless of who directs it.

They have a half decent batman, but a really shitty green lantern (not that Ryan Raynolds didnt try to make it ok) likely a crappy superman... and good luck with making a good flash and aquaman movie.

A wonderwoman movie MIGHT be good.

You're seriously calling Nolan's Batman "half-decent"?

This is for you:

Besides Nolan said he wanted his take on the Batman to be totally separated from the rest of the DC Film Universe.

P.S: I have high hopes for Man Of Steel.

Opinions, they be facts...

Anyway, regardless of how good/bad this movie will turn out to be, I feel like Warner Brothers is very late to the party.

First you need to set up all the individual heroes in their own movies, and then you release a team-up movie. Obviously you don't need to give ALL the heroes their own movie, they skipped on Hawkeye and the Black Widow and just included them in another hero's movie.

Something similar can work for the Justice League, but you would need a new Superman movie, a new Batman movie, a Wonder Woman movie, a Flash movie and a new Green Lantern Movie.
Martian Manhunter and Aquaman you can give guest roles in the other movies, cause who gives a crap about those two.

It will be another 10 years before this movie is released.

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