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.
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.
[...] 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. DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Affleck’s reps declined to comment.
Not really sure what to make of this as I’m not really familiar with Affleck’s directing work. However, he had a poor experience when he played Daredevil and appeared to swear off superhero films, e.g., this MTV quote from 2009:
I’m not even sure about which Justice Leaguer he could play. He’s got the classic Hollywood looks that mean he could be almost any of the Silver Age male Leaguers. We’ll see how this turns out.