Contrary to rampant internet speculation, actor/director Ben Affleck isn’t working on the upcoming Justice League movie over at Warner Bros. Although numerous websites were buzzing with rumors that the Good Will Hunting star would handle directing duties on the big-budget project, the man himself has stepped in to address the situation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s currently not involved with the production.
“I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started,” Affleck explained during an exclusive Canadian interview. “Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.”
Earlier this month, it seemed that Affleck was close to signing on for the project. Reports suggested that the script, penned by screenwriter Will Beall, was sent exclusively to The Town director. Although this would seemingly indicate that Affleck and Warner Bros. were close to inking a deal, apparently this isn’t the case.
Now that Affleck’s out of the picture, movie websites have latched onto another set of rumors. Worst Previews reports that Matrix masterminds the Wachowskis are in talks to handle the property for Warner. Apparently the studio was very impressed with how the duo handled the upcoming star-studded epic Cloud Atlas, prompting executives to add the directors to the list of candidates.
Should the Justice League movie ever come to fruition, it would feature a host of D.C. superheroes, including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Since The Avengers was such a worldwide box-office success, it’s not surprising that Warner Bros. is looking to get the ball rolling on this project as soon as humanly possible.
As for now, a director for the high-profile production has not been announced.
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