Ben Affleck on how close he came to Justice League

News Simon Brew 21 Dec 2012 - 07:12

Ben Affleck never turned down the Justice League movie, as he clarifies just what happened.

Back when it become clear that Warner Bros was pressing ahead with its plans for a Justice League movie earlier this year, one of the names mooted to direct the film for the studio was Ben Affleck. Affleck is riding high at the moment, with Oscar nominations surely on the way for his brilliant Argo, and inevitably is thus been linked with lots of other potential projects. Justice League, it became very clear quickly, wasn't one on his radar though.

In a new interview with Hitfix though, he's clarified just what happened.

"I just want to make it clear because it's not like I had something to even pass on", Affleck told the site. "Because someone will eventually do Justice League and they'll go, like, 'Ben Affleck passed on it' and it won't be true".

So how close did he come to the project? "Some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, 'here's the stuff we're doing', you know? 'Here's what we're looking at'. That kind of thing. And they suggested it. But I don't think there's a script. I don't think there's anything". In sounds, then, that one of the reasons Affleck didn't turn the project down was that there wasn't much to turn down in the first place!

In the interview, Ben Affleck does show warmth to the idea of a Justice League film, praising Marvel's The Avengers as he does so. You can read the full piece here.

Justice League is set for release in 2015. We don't know who's directing it yet though.

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I don't think after his Daredevil experience he would want to do another superhero movie anyway, or if he did he'd want to do something different to what WB would like for the JL movie.

I can imagine him taking on a Vertigo (R.I.P. *sob*) title though or a Batman universe character.

It's pretty clear that DC have looked at The Avengers and said 'That! We want to do that!' without the slightest idea of how to go about it. This movie will either never happen at all, or it'll be a disaster.

It's ironic that the title of this piece is exactly the thing Affleck states he wants to avoid.

Affleck really likes the word like.

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