Ben Affleck to direct Batman in 'Justice League'?
Warner Bros is searching for a director to shoot a movie about the team of DC Comics superheroes The Justice League—which includes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman—following the success of Marvel's The Avengers.
According to Variety, Ben Affleck seems to be Warner's preferred choice to direct the movie. He's said to be the only candidate who was sent the script penned by Will Beale. But nothing is set in stone: Deadline adds that spokespeople for Ben have said he's not interested in the project.
Last June, English filmmaker David Yates, who directed four Harry Potter movies, was also mentioned, but he's now out of the picture.
Christopher Nolan's impressive work on the Batman trilogy and his upcoming Superman flick, Man Of Steel, would make him a nice fit, but Deadline suggests the director may want to focus on movies devoid of musclemen in leotards.
Ben has directed three movies in his career, including the upcoming political drama Argo, about the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. His last movie, The Town, was a critical and commercial hit, raking in US$154 million worldwide on a production budget of US$37 million.
Warner Bros still has plenty of time to find the right director, since Justice League will likely not be out before 2015.
In the meantime, Superman will be back on the silver screen and Batman will get a 2014 reboot in a more colourful Gotham City than Nolan's version, a move that seems like a good set-up for the Justice League movie.
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Published: 16th August 2012