While Ben Affleck is currently riding a wave that’s sky high for his film Argo, news leaked out that Affleck could have been Batman for the Justice League film. Weeks ago we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be a strong maybe to take on the role, and he still may be, but now news is circulating that Affleck could have been Christian Bale’s successor if he would have agreed to direct the film.
It’s not that hard to believe. Affleck currently has a studio deal with Warner Bros., who just so happens to be distributing the Justice League film. However, in the last few years, and certainly this awards season, Ben Affleck has been given a reputation for being one of the most promising director’s that cinema has seen in a long time. Would Affleck ruin his reputation by putting on the suit? That’s a resounding no.
Affleck, who already made the mistake of taking on Marvel’s dreadful Daredevil years ago, earlier turned down rumors that he was going to direct the Justice League franchise, and he won’t be Batman either, seeing as he tends to star in films that he also directs himself. Ultimately Affleck decided to pass on Justice League. It was reported that Warner Bros. has since demanded a rewrite on the script.
According to Badass Digest the problem in securing a director has much to do with the script itself:
“The story from each source is the same: it’s terrible. Some sources seem to think the whole movie is going to fall apart and never happen, while some believe that Warner Bros will keep moving forward, unwilling to lose the superhero arms race. Meanwhile the studio has been unable to get the interest of a quality director, reportedly because of the script.”
Do you think Ben Affleck should have turned down the role of Batman?