Hot on the heels of Marvel Studios announcement yesterday that Joss Whedon would be back to direct Avengers 2, Warner brothers appears to be making some aggressive moves to get their own superhero all-star team property, Justice League, up and running. Variety is reporting that the studio has approached actor/director Ben Affleck about the job and that they will be meeting to discuss the project later this week.
Affleck appears to be the studios top and only choice with Variety reporting that he is the sole person to whom they have sent a copy of the screenplay recently turned in by Gangster Squad scribe Will Beal.
Warners has been having some trouble jumping starting franchises based on the superhero properties owned by corporate sibling DC Entertainment. Outside of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman triptych, efforts such as Superman Returns and Green Lantern have met with less-than-enthusiastic responses from fans. A Justice League film would combine several of DC’s most recognizable superheroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman. Warners does have a new Superman film, Man Of Steel, coming next summer from Zack Snyder.
Affleck has some previous superhero experience, having starred in Fox’s 2003 Daredevil. Following the film’s release he was less than enthusiastic about the whole experience and stated that he would not want to put on a superhero suit again. This flies in the face of Variety’s speculation that since he took roles in his last two directorial efforts – The Town and the upcoming Argo – Affleck would probably want a role in Justice League as well. Of course, there could be a non-superhero role in the script that may intrigue Affleck. The character of Max Lord, a businessman who at various times has been integral to the running of the team and one of their most ruthless opponents, springs to mind.