Can Ben Affleck Save The DC Film Universe From Zack Snyder?

Michael Dolce

Warner Bros. has officially flashed the Bat Signal.

As reported by Deadline, Oscar winning director and current Bruce Wayne actor Ben Affleck has been tagged as an official executive producer on the upcoming Justice League: Part One. But with Captain America: Civil War currently racking it up at the box office is it too little too late to save the DC film universe from the damage Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman did to studios' credibility?

The Washington Post doesn't think so. In fact, if anyone can help salvage their slate of upcoming films, it appears Ben Affleck is the man for the job.

"Warner Bros. should consider itself lucky that it can wield Affleck in such a Swiss Army knife way," columnist David Betancourt wrote last week following the announcement. "[C]onsidering that at the moment, he's also embodies the most popular live-action DC superhero — one who (alongside Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman) has generated considerable buzz when talk turns to solo superhero movie franchises."

More importantly, he argues, Ben's ascension will help to appease all the fans that had been calling for Snyder's head after Batman v Superman hit theaters.

"Putting Affleck's name up with Snyder's lets fans know that Snyder isn't the only one in charge of WB/DC's most important franchise."
"My sources have told me that Affleck was incredibly unhappy about the reception of BvS. He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil. On top of that his agent was furious when Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman - there were still negotiations happening."

According to Forbes, Affleck is bringing aboard his Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio onto the Justice League movie for rewrites, instantly doubling the amount of Oscar winners now involved in the project. The move will also "help better align the Justice League film with Affleck's solo Batman project" that Ben co-wrote with DC's Chief Creative Officer and famed comic scribe Geoff Johns.

Ben Affleck's promotion to executive producer isn't the only shaking up happening behind the scenes of the DC filmverse. As reported by IGN, Flash director Seth Grahame Smith left the film over "creative differences" with the studio. And rumors persisted recently that Aquaman director James Wan was getting cold feet because of the drama unfolding at Warner Bros. Wan took to Twitter to dispel those rumors, taking a pic next to Aquaman artwork and assuring fans he's sticking with the project.

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2016

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 2, 2016

Considering Suicide Squad recently underwent rewrites of its own, fans should be relieved that Warner Bros. is doubling down on their favorite characters like Quinn.

What do you think? Can Ben Affleck save the DC film universe? Or has Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman doomed the franchises for good?

[Image via Batman News]

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