The actor I regretfully used to tease for poor role decisions in bad movies has turned a so-so career in front of the camera into a incredible one behind it. Ben Affleck has made the most of his transition to director and created some good films along the way (The Town, Gone Baby Gone, Argo). It's no wonder Warner Bros. wants to hand this proven commodity more big films to helm, as it has Affleck atop its wish list for the Justice League movie, according to Variety.
Apparently, Big Ben has received a copy of Will Beal's (Gangster Squad) script and is said to be considering the offer. He seems like an excellent fall back option given that Christopher Nolan has already turned down the gig and any involvement with it. I suspect, however that since he's already attached to make a film adaptation for Stephen King's The Stand he won't sign on for the Justice League movie too. Could he handle the task of directing two big franchises or did his turn as Marvel's Daredevil leave a bad taste in his mouth towards super hero flicks? One has to wonder.
The Justice League lineup will reportedly include Superman (a role Affleck is semi-familiar with), Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. These guys and gals, if handled correctly could be very fun to watch on the big screen, much like The Avengers.
While this project doesn't necessarily fit Affleck's filmmaking resume, it does offer the opportunity to showcase his skill set and prove he belongs among the elite directors. I think The Stand could offer just as much positive attention as the Justice League though. My gut feeling is he says thanks, but no thanks.
Do you like Affleck for the Justice League movie or should Warners go back to the drawing board and look for someone else? Who do you have in mind?