Warners eyes Justice League new director (who may also star!)

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Dec 17, 2012

With Warner Bros. Pictures anxious to get its Justice League movie up and running, the studio is apparently going to ask one of its biggest names if he's interested in directing it.

Variety reports that the studio will sit down with Ben Affleck sometime in the next few days to discuss the project, according to multiple sources. Execs at the company were disappointed when Christopher Nolan passed on directing and/or producing the film, but they also love Affleck, who had a big hit with The Town a couple of years ago and is expected to have another one this fall with Argo.

Affleck is the only director at the moment who will get a look at the Justice League script, which has been written by Will Beall. And here's the interesting thing: Affleck apparently only wants to direct movies in which he acts as well, which means that the one-time star of Marvel's Daredevil would be playing for the other team this time—but who would he play?

That part's a mystery, since we have yet to find out which DC heroes appear in the Justice League script. But the betting money says that Batman, Superman, the Flash and Green Lantern are all definites, with Aquaman and Martian Manhunter also possible candidates.

There's also the matter of WB's big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, which Affleck has also been attached to. No word on whether he might give that up to tackle Justice League.

Either way, more developments are likely to come soon on this since WB wants to get Justice League prepped for a summer 2015 release—right up against The Avengers 2!