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Ever since the massive success of Marvel's 'The Avengers,' Warner Brothers has been scrambling to set things in motion on the long-gestating big screen adaptation of DC's superhero collective, The Justice League. Unfortunately they face a host of problems, including missing Flash and Wonder Woman standalone films. Also, given Christopher Nolan dropped out of contention, they don't have anyone to direct the enormous undertaking. According to recent reports however, they do have someone in mind. Apparently the studio is interested in Ben Affleck to helm The Justice League movie. Affleck's third directorial effort for Warner Brothers, 'Argo,' is set to released this October. Affleck has been sent the JL script by 'Gangster Squad' writer Will Beall, making him the only candidate to so far receive the screenplay. An official deal is not confirmed, and Affleck's recent assertion that he would only direct movies in which he also stars raises some questions about the logistics of his hiring.
The knee-jerk reaction here is probably to laugh this off, but whatever feelings you may have toward Affleck the actor, the fact of the matter is that the guy has proven himself to be a quality director. 'Gone Baby Gone' and 'The Town' are fantastic thrillers and, if the trailers are to be believed, 'Argo' looks to be another win. There may be lingering doubts even among fans of his previous directorial efforts that he can helm something this size, but let us not forget that Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon were not exactly known for their blockbuster outings when they took on Batman and The Avengers respectively. I believe Affleck has the technical and stylistic chops to pull this off, but I am a bit concerned about his "has to star" clause. Who would he play? Flash? Certainly not Superman or Batman. This proposal could ultimately fall apart, but it's interesting to see the studios turning more and more to talented filmmakers instead of simply dependable, if questionable, directors who can grind out action and abide by studio edicts.
What do you guys think? Is Ben Affleck a good choice for The Justice League? If he demands to play a role, which suit would suit him best?