Seen as the godfather of DC’s immediate future, Christopher Nolan has gracefully bowed out of any continuation of his Batman franchise or the big prize in a major team-up in Justice League. With The Avengers doing so well Warner Brothers has been rumored to try and kick off their post-Man of Steel future with Justice League first, and following will be stand-alone films for the superheroes presented in the film. But the big question everyone is seemingly concerned with is whether or not it will work. Penned by the same writer of Gangster Squad, WB has been said to have at least a basis for the film already in the works. Now, the studio is turning to one of their favorite directors in the hopes that he may approach the massive event with one hell of a debut in the superhero genre.
Variety reports that Warner Brothers will enter talks with actor and director Ben Affleck in the hopes they may sign him to be at the helm of Justice League. After award-winning efforts in Affleck’s two-film directorial career Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck is lined up for another winner this October with his third outing Argo.
With a script by Will Beall put into works last year, there have been a steady stream of rumors that have placed Justice League with a release for Summer 2015. Next year’s Man of Steel is said to be the first big screen feature that brings the proposed DC Cinematic Universe to light in the background of the Superman reboot. The studio has said the next DC Comics film is at least three years away, and there have been reports that the company is working on films for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and more.
The biggest concern for Affleck on whether or not he should take the film? This commitment would mean that the director won’t be able to start any new projects of his own for about three years, though he could squeeze in an acting gig in the meantime. Whether or not Affleck would want to do that, especially with Argo gaining some fantastic buzz already, is hard to say.
But, if there’s anyone perfect for Justice League it could very well be Affleck. If WB wants to go with a route that doesn’t introduce us to the characters in their own separate stories, the film will need to be character driven that puts the heroes first as the more likable bunch that fans will want to see more of. Affleck’s films so far have done just that with grounded realistic visuals that certainly fall in line with Nolan and Zack Snyder’s visions presented in their own films regarding Batman and Superman.
We’ll keep you updated as more information rises and talks truly begin between Affleck and WB.
What do you think of Affleck possibly taking control of Justice League?