Is Ben Affleck directing ‘Justice League’ or not?

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That is the question I seek the answer to.

Sometime on Wednesday afternoon, the movie world began broiling after Variety broke the news that Warner Brothers had started conversing with the actor-turned critically acclaimed director to direct the studio’s long-gestating Justice League movie. Arguably, one of the most ambitious projects in Warner Brothers’ history, the superhero team-up epic would be akin to The Avengers – only larger – not only would the film bring together Superman and Batman, the two most popular superheroes of all time, but it would also feature Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman among others.

But then, only a day later, Deadline swooped in with their “scoop” that Affleck was definitely NOT doing the movie. According to Affleck’s reps, the actor-director may be talking with the studio but that was it.

Another interesting factor to add to the mix is the timing of the news itself. Only a day earlier, Marvel and Disney announced that Joss Whedon would be returning to write and direct the sequel to this summer’s box office titan The Avengers. What better way to one-up the competition than to leak this news to the trades?

For his own sake, I don’t think Affleck should do the movie. This isn’t a knock on his ability to handle the project – Gone, Baby Gone, The Town and the promising Argo are proof of his incredible talent behind the camera. Taking on something as sprawling as the Justice League would not only be beneath him but it’d be incredibly risky move. The project has had a rough history to the screen and its potential failure would almost certainly jeopardize Affleck’s reputation as one of the industry’s best. That’s a gamble he can’t and shouldn’t take considering how his status as an A-list leading man was already extinguished a few years ago.

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