Ben Affleck to Executive Produce JUSTICE LEAGUE
Ben Affleck, who debuted as Bruce Wayne / Batman in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will serve as executive producer on its immediate followup, Justice League Part One. The Academy Award winning producer (Argo, which he also directed) will once again star as Batman, who will lead the assemblage of heroes against a currently unrevealed threat. The star will work with Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio on the script, and will get a say in post-production.
It seems Warner Brothers is (wisely) ushering more and more control into Affleck’s corner, especially in light of the largely negative reception towards Batman v Superman. (The film is “rotten” with 27% on Rotten Tomatoes). Affleck was reportedly “incredibly unhappy” about the way the film was received, despite grossing nearly $900 million at the worldwide box office. “He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil,” Birth.Movie.Death’s usually reliable Devin Faraci reported. “On top of that his agent was furious when Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman – there were still negotiations happening. This move seems to help placate Affleck while also edging Zack Snyder out of a controlling central position in the DC Movieverse.”
That Affleck-centric Batman film was recently confirmed by Warner Brothers, with the director and screenwriter reported to have full creative control alongside co-writer (and DC’s Chief Creative Officer) Geoff Johns. With two negatively-received films in a row, it makes complete sense that the powers that be are seemingly shifting control to studio favorite Ben Affleck, who has directed the successful The Town and Argo for Warner Bros. He’s also the biggest star Justice League has, and as a talented filmmaker, why wouldn’t you seek his input?
Affleck reportedly re-wrote parts of Batman v. Superman while on set, and with Warners lacking the creative and producer force of rival Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige – who has overseen every Marvel Studios film from Iron Man to Captain America: Civil War – it really looks as though they’re possibly allowing a major, creative driving force; at least when Batman is involved. It’s doubtful the busy Affleck (whose next directorial project, Live by Night, releases for the studio next year) could or would commit to serving as overseer for Warner Brothers’ DC Comics films, so the studio will probably look elsewhere to fulfill that position while Affleck maintains a healthy amount of creative control over the projects he’s most personally involved with (such as his solo Batman film and Justice League installments).
Justice League Part One began filming in April, with Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, Willem Dafoe, and J.K. Simmons. Part One opens November 17th, 2017, with Justice League Part Two scheduled to hit June 14th, 2019.