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Ben Affleck Joining The Justice League?
Update: No, he probably isn't.

10 August 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Ben Affleck Joining The Justice League?

UPDATE: Deadline has already knocked this one on the head. According to their version of events, while Affleck was indeed offered the Justice League gig and shown the script, he and his camp have turned it down. That's the second time this week that Deadline has completely undermined a story from Variety. Fight!


Slipping into Daredevil's tight costume didn't go so well for him ten years ago,* but Ben Affleck may not quite be done with superheroes. Variety are reporting that Warner Bros. have Affleck in mind to direct their developing Justice League movie. He's the only potential director to have so far been sent Will Beall's screenplay.

Following The Town and the upcoming Argo, Affleck is making himself popular behind-the-camera at Warners. He has also, to date, often appeared in the films he's directed, leading to speculation that he might don one of the JLA's capes himself.

There's no guarantee that he'll accept the gig, since he's also very keen on filming a multi-part adaptation of Stephen King's horror doorstop The Stand. That would be an equally huge undertaking to The Justice League, so it seems unlikely that Affleck could do both, unless one was significantly back-burnered.

Warners' plans for The Justice League are still unclear, but accordingly to relatively recent intel, it seems that they're planning a stand-alone project, rather than taking taking the Marvel route of consolidating its existing hero roster. Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder said last year that his and Henry Cavill's version of Superman would not play any part in a JLA movie. 

"What I'm doing with Superman is like what Chris Nolan did with Batman," quoth Snyder, "and what they'll do with Justice League will be its own thing, with its own Batman and its own Superman. We'll be over here with our movie, and they'll kinda get to do it twice, which is kinda cool..."

Still more questions than answers then, but we will, of course, keep you informed.

*Although his turn as George "Superman" Reeves in Hollywoodland is great.

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Ben Affleck to direct JUSTICE LEAGUE
NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO.......................... ............NO Warner Bros you have been given notice.Please no more Green Lantern debacles. Christopher Nolan YES,YES,YES,YES,YES,YES,YES,YES......................YE S We want another Batman franchise. No offence but couldn't Frank Darabont do The Stand or make the amazing franchise of THE DARK TOWER this could go on to be the next few Christmas hits More

Posted by pliskin at 13:40 on 14 August 2012 | Report This Post

Warner Brothers need to wake up
Warner Brothers really let themselves take a fall..and it is their own fault! Before Disney bought Marvel, Warner Bros already had DC..and yet it never bothered to invest a lot in DC Movies...and now they envy what Disney/Marvel did and the pressure is for them..if I was an executive at WB ..I would not bother making a JLA Movie , I would rather concentrate on making stand alone movies of each character, because doing a JLA Movie would be an indirect way of telling the world that they are trying More

Posted by tahokmusic at 00:03 on 13 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Pretty sure this has already been debunked..
L: darkershadeofme .. by Deadline league-his-camp-says-no/ twitter It was debunked as soon as it started, why would a film like this have a director so early? Stupid rumour is stupid. More

Posted by rich at 20:41 on 10 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: D.C/W.B.Don't know Jack
The main problem seems to be that WB don't involve DC enough where as yes Disney may own Marvel but they know better than to take it of the people that know the characters & MORE IMPORTANLY THE FANS! better than anyone else. You only have to look at the Animated stuff they put out which is run much more closer alongside DC to see it's a far better product. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:23 on 10 August 2012 | Report This Post

D.C/W.B.Don't know Jack
Proof enough that the folks at D.C have no idea what they are doing.How in the world are you going to have two different Batmen or Supermen? IT works in comics but in won't work in movies.Only comic fans buy comics but people who are not fans aren't going to buy into this and support a movie about and unknown Superman Batman or Wonder Woman.Simply because they can't relate to them.They won't accept two different versions at the same time.The reason The Avengers worked it's because Marvel took t More

Posted by Spanish Spidey at 14:59 on 10 August 2012 | Report This Post

Re: Dodge that bullet Ben!
There was another director that had only done three features before being handed a massive franchise. His name was Christopher Nolan. LOL. Just thought I'd point that out. Seriously though, you're right ... anyone with half a mind is running from this one. What would Avengers be like if Cap and Thor hadn't been established first? Lots of people (myself included) know F-All about the Flash and Wonder Woman. And Aqua Man is a f*cking lame idea for a hero anyway. More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:07 on 10 August 2012 | Report This Post

I simply refuse to watch anything with affleck in. More

Posted by Mr.Beak at 10:16 on 10 August 2012 | Report This Post

Shut Up Already
We can’t have two Batmen, we can’t have two Supermen – meh, meh meh meh meh meh mhe meh meh meh! Come on get over it. Of course you can. There are all sorts of different versions of these characters in the comics. They are strong enough to survive all sorts of incarnations at once. That’s what’s great about them (or part of it). Nobodys saying – oh you can have Superman because of Smallville it will be too confusing. There can be a Batman in one film and it doesn’t have to have anything to do More

Posted by Battan9000 at 20:36 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

JLA - everyone will see it, regardless of whether a hater
lets face it, everyone wants to see a JLA movie. It does not need several tie in movies to build up to it like Avengers, because the central trio of characters are so iconic, same can not be said for Avengers, the Hulk notwithstanding. JLA probably wont be as good as Avengers (which was awesome) but with them thinking of Affleck to direct suggests that they are taking it seriously. I hope its better than the sum of its parts More

Posted by Count Karnstein at 19:47 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Do not make a new Batman for JLA
If they recreate a new Batman character for the stand alone JLA film then it will probably shit all over Nolan's great work and make him a laughing stock like after Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. It is wrong to make Superman again as Snyder will do his best to try and make that ace. Green Lantern sucked already so take him for this crappy film and Affleck deserves a better offer than this after the excellent The Town. More

Posted by CambiMan at 18:53 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Dodge that bullet Ben!
Ben Affleck is still growing as a director. Let's not forget that when he was j-lo he could do no good and was a laughing stock. He didn't want to put his name on Gone, Baby, Gone for fear it would negatively impact the film. Handing him a nerd storm like JLA is unwise and unfounded. He's never really done anything on that scale. DC are losing their grip. They need another break away success because supes/bats are too different and can't carry everything forever. Get Guilermo Del Toro in. More

Posted by makeminemedia at 16:30 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I'm a fan so...
L: Wild about Wilder ...they just seem to think it's ok to get someone in who has no passion for the book & the characters. 'd rather they brought in someone with a passion for the i]and a characters and source material. If the director is too passionate about the source material there is a risk it could cloud their judgement (see: every fanboy on the internet). Film adaptations of comics - or any - material are much better when they make necessary changes to the material for it to More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 11:24 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fact check please!
L: jonley "He's also, to date, always appeared in the films he's directed" - Um, Gone Baby Gone? He has also, to date, /i]appeared in the films he's directed" You might want to check your reading before they check their facts More

Posted by Whistler at 11:18 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

It's all so very wrong
First off, the studio messed up Daredevil, the directors cut proved that. Secondly, Affleck as director has already been rubbished. Finally, why are DC trying to copy Marvel's production model? Whats wrong with stand alone? Aquaman, Wonderwoman, Deathstroke, Jonah Hex reboot, green arrow, adam strange or gotham central? More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 11:05 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I'm a fan so...
When will DC learn (Green Lantern ETC) it was fine with Nolan/Batman as 1:Nolan's a genius 2:He had Goyer working on it with him & 3:Batman's far more realistic than most other regular comic book characters. Also with Singer's Superman Returns which I thought was fine (except for Lois had some background with X-Men 1 & 2 they just seem to think it's ok to get someone in who has no passion for the book & the characters. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:08 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

I'm a fan so...
I'd see a stand-alone film anyway, but that just reeks of getting a payday asap instead of going the Marvel route and nurturing something to a natural climax. God, The Stand must seem an easier proposition in comparison. Like I saw someone say somewhere else, "those dudes really need a Kevin Feige"! More

Posted by partybee at 09:58 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Pretty sure this has already been debunked..
.. by Deadline n-justice-league-his-camp-says-no/ mp;utm_medium=twitter More

Posted by darkershadeofme at 09:48 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Intrigued, but unconvinced...
If it's standalone then, as clarkkent says, they'll need to bore us with backstory for everyone, or they'll need to wash over a lot of detail and pivot on one main character, bringing the others in as the plot unfolds. That said, the 'others' are heroes we've not seen on the big screen and even if we have, that's irrelevant because it's not connected to Nolan's Batman or Snyder's Superman. They have to be remade. What a potential nightmare? More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:26 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

JLA blows!
Yeah. That's all I got. More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 09:25 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

if they're gonna give him anything comicy, give him a new bat trilogy!! i never bought into the JLA. something about it just doesn't sit right. More

Posted by a_man_and_his_monkey at 09:01 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Ugh. Don't do it Affleck. Stick with The Stand, it's got the potential to be a great film, or an incredible trilogy, but a stand alone JLA movie? If people didn't like the lack of character work in The Avengers, they're gonna get a SHIT TONNE of it in a stand alone JLA flick. And not in a good way. More

Posted by clarkkent at 08:57 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fact check please!
get him back in the Red leather!, Dare Devil for Avengers 2! :) More

Posted by Dannybohy at 08:56 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

Fact check please!
"He's also, to date, always appeared in the films he's directed" - Um, Gone Baby Gone? More

Posted by jonley at 08:25 on 09 August 2012 | Report This Post

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