'Justice League of America' Eyes Director Ben Affleck

Warner Bros. turns to the 'Argo' director for their superhero ensemble after Christopher Nolan passes on the job.
Ben Affleck may direct Justice League of America for Warner Bros.
Ben Affleck may direct Justice League of America for Warner Bros.
Last month, we reported that The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan turned down Warner Bros.' offer to direct the DC superhero ensemble Justice League of America. Today, a new report reveals the studio has reached out to Ben Affleck to possibly direct this epic adventure.

The actor-director, who made the upcoming Argo for Warner Bros., is expected to meet with the studio in the next few days to discuss the project. It is said that he is the only director to be given the new screenplay, written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad).

Although no story or character details have been confirmed, this big screen epic will likely bring together DC heroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. It is also interesting to note that Ben Affleck has indicated he is only interested in directing movies that he also stars in, a notion that leaves one to wonder which of these superhero characters the multi-hyphenate is interested in playing.

It still isn't known yet if the studio plans on using actors from its previous superhero movies, such as The Dark Knight Rises' Christian Bale, Green Lantern's Ryan Reynolds, or the upcoming Man of Steel's Henry Cavill for this new superhero extravaganza. Justice League of America likely won't be ready to hit theaters until at least 2015.

Justice League is in development and stars Gal Gadot.

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Comments (89)

  1. gumperman

    Well he is Batman now, so it looks like he actually might be directing JUSTICE LEAGUE.

    8 months agoby @gumpermanFlag


    While I agree he shows talent, I'm just not sure he is ready for this!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @this-site-blows Because it is such a huge project... there is a lot of weight on his shoulders for this... and the Avengers being as good as it was will only make it harder...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  4. Tomp1210

    I'd actually love to see Michael rosenbaum take on the role of flash, he was great in justice league and his sense of humour translates really well on-screen, but I would say he should have spidermanesque lenses so you can't see his eyes. Without lenses it'd have to be Bradley Cooper.

    2 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 I think DC should make a black Flash. After seeing U.Bolt at this year's olympics, the man should get a chance to play FLASH ;D

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Sean

    @Fry-3000 I don't think Ben Affleck would do a good job directing a Justice League movie. They should have a director direct a Justice League movie, not someone who that is better known as an actor rather then a director. Doesn't he star in movies more then he directs them anyways?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. Bane5000

    @billyboy...I've noticed that about MW, they lag it on news sometimes...two or three days later at the most they post a story thats already been talked about on other sites.

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  8. Bane5000

    @superman81...Seriously man, Reynolds as Highlander...Did we suddenly run out of actors or does every role have to go through Reynolds first? LoL

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  9. Joshua Hollaway

    This movie will never happen in the next decade..if ever.

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  10. Billyboy

    Old news already denied. Keep up MW.

    2 years agoby @billyboyFlag

  11. Tomp1210

    I will say this though, The Avengers has laid out a good formula for how the characters should co-exist in a world, outside of multi-dimensional stuff.

    Supes - Iron Man = mainstream hero
    WW - Thor = mythological solitude
    Martian - Cap = in stasis
    Batman - Hulk = urban legend
    GL and Flash = new heroes (probable reboot/ recast for GL, if it's not multi-dimensional idea - hense Affleck is a decent idea, and it's always good to have someone with a bit more perspective in writing etc. around).

    2 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  12. Tomp1210

    I think Bryan Singer is the obvious choice here, he's conducted multiple characters together in X-men, and Superman Returns was a master-class in atmosphere, don't care what anyone else thinks. Ben would make a good Green Lantern replacement if t came to that though, seeing as Reynolds is trying to screw up everything he touches atm - he's been cast in Highlander...

    2 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  13. Bradley Tyler

    Only interested in directing films he stars in? Ego much? And heck he might not even fit any of the characters that could appear in it! I think a different director would be a better decision. find someone with real passion for the JLA like Whedon was for The Avengers. Or maybe someone relatively unknown?

    2 years agoby @bradley-tylerFlag

  14. Fry_3000

    I can see him doing a good job with this. He's shown that he can direct. Be interesting to how this unfolds

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  15. ejk1

    @superman81 you do need to specify, because Affleck may not be suited for one of the characters.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. Superman81

    @ejk1 And I think he would make a good Flash, didnt think we all needed to specify the actual person. Affleck would make a good Wally West because I feel he can pull off his c*cky attitude well.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  17. Superman81

    @corey well if WB decides to reboot GL then that might would be an ok choice but if not Reynolds should reprise the role.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  18. Corey W.

    I'd see Affleck as Hal Jordan. That's about it..

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  19. Superman81

    @ejk1 no they went with one of the more well known GL and Hal Jordan was the best choice since he is the most popular. Jon Stewart probably wouldnt have been the best choice. guess they could have went with Alan Scott. and how did I prove your point? I just told you some of the differences between the two. Hell maybe they wont go with Wally or Barry, maybe they will go with Bart Allen.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  20. ejk1

    @superman81 Thank you. You just made my point. Wally and Barry are completely different, yet some of you were saying, "He'd be great as Flash!" as if they are the same person. And to say they would go with Wally because of the JL animated series is reckless assumption. After all, it wasn't Jon Stewart in the GL film, now was it?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  21. Superman81

    @ejk1 I dont see why you always find a way to put others comments down. if they do a JLA movie i would think they would go with Wally West since he was the one in the JLU and JLA series. He is more c*cky and a jokester, where Barry was the geek, level headed guy. But regardless of the difference in the two it will be up to WB and DC to decide who is the Flash in the movie

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  22. ejk1

    The comments below are laughable. People keep saying, "Affleck should be Flash!" Um, which Flash are we talking about, Barry Allen or Wally West? Do you clowns know the differences between the two? I doubt it. I'm not certain if Affleck is the best choice, but he isn't a bad one.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. Replicant

    I think the only way this movie could work is if it were a "stand-alone" film; no setting up each character with their own film, no setting up multiple movies, just a straight up JLA movie.

    TDK trilogy was completely stand-alone (no way Bale is ever coming back for this), MOS will be completely stand-alone too (Batman won't even exist in that universe), so just get a new cast and make a stand-alone JLA movie.

    And Affleck would be a terrific choice.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  24. SpeedyEric

    I thought Affleck in an interview said he's not into directing films with visual effects.

    2 years agoby @SpeedyEricFlag

  25. TheDude1

    Deadline.com is reporting that this story is purely rumor and nothing more. His camp said he won't do it. So let the search continue.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  26. Sean

    Ben Affleck should not direct Justice Leage of America. I think that Joss Whedon would be the right person to direct it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. K.Guy

    Odd choice... okay.

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  28. A7sus4

    He probably would make a decent Flash.

    2 years agoby @a7sus4Flag

  29. stabalice83

    This is a great idea!!! Affleck is a fantastic director!!!! And he could play a pretty good Flash if he was to star in it!

    2 years agoby @stabalice83Flag

  30. sylar


    2 years agoby @sylarFlag

  31. Justhim_sir

    Oh God NO!! If this continues I say we should find the people who's in this project and egg them.

    2 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  32. Dark-White-Knight

    It would have been awesome if all the actors from the previous dc movies came back in this :(

    2 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  33. incmob

    did he make that rule (not directing what he cant star in) after- Gone baby gone?

    I think flash would be a good choice for affleck, the only other choice would be GL, i really dont think he could fit as a batman or superman... although it would be ironic if he played superman, and personally i like his films and his directing.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  34. CUPID

    Directing? yeah, whatever, but acting? if its a member of TJL he wants to play? hell no, some random guy is ok.

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  35. TheDude1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I was talking about his politics. The guy is a far left lunatic.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  36. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude1 -- How is he "sc*m"?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  37. Superman81

    @thedude1 as long as he doesn't cast Jennifer Garner as WW he will be ok with me. She might would make a good Cheetah.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  38. TheDude1

    I personally find Affleck to be sc*m but I do enjoy his movies. This is would a completely odd choice but I have no problem with it at all.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  39. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- I'm with @superman81 on this; Joss Whedon was (seemingly) as qualified for "The Avengers" as Ben Affleck is to this.

    Think about it.

    I'd still like to know of any other candidates.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  40. Superman81

    @bane5000 his casting boggles my mind

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  41. Superman81

    @bawnian-dexeus that is probably the only thing that would worry me. Visually MOS will probably be the best superman movie ever made, maybe best looking CBM movie ever made. But the story has to match, this Superman is going to truly be a reboot and origin story so people will need to be patient like Begins was. I read they are going to show the war on Krypton in the beginning so that's something no one has done.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  42. Bane5000

    @superman81 ...Yeah now that hes playing Highlander for some wierd reason

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  43. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Assuming the rewrites were minimal

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  44. Superman81

    Honestly if Man of Steel doesn't live up to the hype then I'm pretty sure a JLA movie won't happen anyways. I think MOS will do great but we have to wait a few more months to know if all the JLA talk is even worth it.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  45. empath86

    @bawnian-dexeus agreed, very true.

    2 years agoby @empath86Flag

  46. empath86

    Does anybody remember, that Darren Aronofsky was going to do batman begins before Nolan, but the script was supposedly too violent, that would be the guy i'd like to see. Also still really pissed he couldn't do the wolverine, that would have been sick, you can thank Rachael Weisz for that one (half kidding, half not). i'd like to see more artistically made comic book adaptions, instead of popcorn 3D bullsh*t, he's the man that could do it. But Affleck has been doing some fine work, and Kevin Smith would be in his corner, or hate his guts for getting the opportunity.

    2 years agoby @empath86Flag

  47. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    We've waited this long for Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. We can wait.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  48. empath86

    @Intoxicated if the have j.j abrams direct this it wouldn't start prroduction for like 5 years. i like j.j abrams stuff, and i'm a huge fan, but do you want to wait that long?

    2 years agoby @empath86Flag

  49. Superman81

    @bawnian-dexeus Avengers wasn't even that well written. So he will truly prove himself with A2 and the Thanos storyline but that's for another day. Saying Affleck isn't proven when he has had directing hits is off base and I don't see any reason at all to think he would mess this up. No he ain't Nolan but maybe we need a fresh face.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag