WB wants Ben Affleck to direct Justice League. Wait, what?

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08.08.12 33 Comments

The Avengers has made almost $1.5 billion for Marvel/Disney so far, so it’s not at all surprising that Warner Bros wants to make their own superhero supergroup movie, Justice League. Now, reportedly, they want Ben Affleck to direct it. And why not? I always thought of The Town as basically Justice League without capes. And instead of Wonder Woman, Gloansy McGloan.

With Christopher Nolan declaring himself out of the running for JUSTICE LEAGUE, Warner Bros. has approached another of its go-to directors in Ben Affleck, who’s expected to discuss the project with studio brass in the coming days, multiple sources tell Variety’s Jeff Sneider and Justin Kroll. Since guiding WB’s THE TOWN to commercial success and critical acclaim from both sides of the camera, Affleck has ascended high on the studio’s list of filmmakers who can be trusted with prime properties. Thus far, Affleck is the only candidate who’s been sent Will Beall’s JUSTICE LEAGUE script, which the GANGSTER SQUAD scribe was hired to write last summer. DC Comics’ answer to Marvel’s Avengers, JUSTICE LEAGUE is expected to bring together marquee characters Justice Batman and Superman, as well as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Affleck has made it clear that he’s only interested in directing films in which he also stars — THE TOWN and ARGO are proof of that — so its likely that if this pairing ever came to fruition, he would don a suit of his own. [Variety]

I love Ben Affleck as a director, and Justice League is certainly a comic book that exists, so I guess the only real sticking point here is that it’s a terrible idea in every way. That said, I’m onboard if they can convince Mark Wahlberg to play the Flash. “Get it? My supapowah is showin’ brawds my cawk.”

“Hey, Tawmmy, you know the only prawblem with Gawtham? It’s fulla queahs. GO SAWX.”

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