Ben Affleck explains why he's not directing Superman

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Dec 14, 2012

Before Zack Snyder nabbed the job of directing the Superman reboot, there were a ton of other directors in the running, including Ben Affleck, who won an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting (but didn't win anything for starring in that somewhat lame Daredevil movie).

Why didn't Affleck, who's proved himself a talented director, go after the film? Turns out he's more interested in doing a Blade Runner-type sci-fi flick than the Man of Steel.

In an interview while promoting his current crime drama, The Town, he told Deadline:

The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money. With Superman, I think they're going to do a great version. Chris Nolan is brilliant and they've got a great director for it. I've love to do something like Blade Runner, but a lesson I've learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they'll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what's important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies.

So what do you think? Did Affleck make the right choice? Could he have done a decent Superman movie?

Meanwhile ... we're hoping to hear more about this Blade Runner-esque film he says he'd love to make someday!

(via reelzchannel)