When word broke that a Justice League movie was in the works, the big rumor was that Ben Affleck (Argo) was on the short list to direct and possibly star as one of the iconic heroes. Now he sets the record straight: He was never actually offered the film, so he didn't technically pass on it. But that doesn't mean he's not interested in doing it.
At the time a few months ago, Affleck's camp was quick to shoot down reports linking him to the project because he was never actually offered the job beyond a preliminary meeting. The actor-turned-director reiterated that point in a recent interview with HitFix—but went on to add that he wouldn't be opposed to taking the meeting.
If the script's good he'd definitely consider it. So put Affleck back in the running:
"I would love it. My interest is really just in, you know, if I like the characters and if the stories seem smart and surprise me. The things that people look for. So those things exist in the superhero genre. And when they do, I think it's really exciting. I think they exist in the science-fiction genre. If you look at 'Blade Runner' to Alien to Aliens on down through today. So it's just about finding a good script, honestly. I wouldn't be into something or not based on the genre."Affleck went on to say he's been hugely impressed with what Marvel and Disney were able to pull off with the series of films leading into The Avengers, and believes that could be a successful model for DC to follow if they're so inclined.
"I think there's a DC Avengers that could be done because they have the characters for it. And there's some stuff in the comics now that's kind of interesting, and it's cool. That's what Marvel does so well. They do a lot of things well, but one of the things that I'm really impressed by is how they coordinated all those movies. I mean, you never see somebody make a whole movie with the eye of, like, building it into new sequels, but that's because you're just hoping it's a hit and you'll do it again.Hmm, it seems Affleck is definitely interested in seeing how the DC deal shakes out, and he's proven his chops with recent films like Argo and The Town. Do you think he could be DC's Joss Whedon?
But for shooting these kind of satellite movies with the notion that later on you'll build the planet that they're orbiting around, and coordinating it all ahead of time, and imagining how the story's going to work and flow with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, it's a big deal. You don't see that level of organization much in movies. You know what I mean? It's like enough to just get one movie together and off the ground."