Ben Affleck Says He’s Not Directing JUSTICE LEAGUE; Could The Wachowskis Take the Helm?

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Warner Bros. has been developing a Justice League film for some time now, but the colossal success of Marvel’s The Avengers has put some rather heavy pressure on the studio to get moving on the DC Comics all-star pic that brings together Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash.  Early this month, the project took a step in the right direction when word surfaced that WB was courting Ben Affleck to take the helm.  The move wasn’t incredibly surprising given that the studio has been very high on Affleck as a director since his excellent one-two punch of Gone Baby Gone and The Town, soon to be followed by the great-looking Argo.

That said, it was doubtful that Affleck would ultimately take the gig given his preference for more dramatic material and the fact that he’s committed to directing an ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.  Affleck has now spoken up about his involvement with the project, confirming that he won’t be helming the superhero pic.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say and to find out who could possibly bring the film to fruition.

ben-affleck-justice-leagueSpeaking with 24 Hours Vancouver, Affleck outright denied that he’s directing Justice League:

“I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started… Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.”

So, just as most expected, Affleck is not tackling a superhero movie in the near future.  The initial story came from a solid source (Variety), so it’s likely that Warner Bros. asked if Affleck would be interested and he politely passed.

In the wake of this news, Moviehole is now reporting that The Matrix trilogy directors Lana and Andy Wachowski are on WB’s wishlist of people they’d like to helm Justice League.  This should be taken as rumor for now, and Moviehole notes that the directing duo is only “under consideration” and no offers have been made.  Apparently Warner Bros. is really happy with the spectacle of the ridiculously ambitious Cloud Atlas adaptation directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, so the studio may or may not be mulling over a Wachowski-led Justice League movie.

justice-league-lana-andy-wachowskiShould the studio actually offer the project to the duo, it’s not exactly guaranteed that they’d take the gig.  They enjoy a great amount of creative freedom and Justice League is not exactly a property that WB would be “hands off” on.  They financed Cloud Atlas independently after every major studio passed on their take, and we’re likely to see one of the more ambitious films in recent memory when that hits theaters.

Lana and Andy Wachowski have also been prepping a big-budget sci-fi film called Jupiter Ascending as their Cloud Atlas follow-up, so their slate isn’t wide open.  That film already has Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis as the two leads and may be the first in a proposed trilogy.

Whatever the case, I’m sure we’ll be hearing many more directors names bandied about before WB finally makes a decision on who will lead Justice League.  Sound off in the comments, fine readers, with who you think would be the best person to bring this all-star comic book lineup to the big screen.

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  • ScaredForMovies

    Is it wrong for me to be scared of Lana Wachowski?

    • junierizzle

      Geez, grow up.

    • junierizzle

      Geez, grow up.

      • ScaredForMovies

        So it is wrong. Thanks for the clarity.

    • Robert T

      “Scared” may be a bit extreme but it does weird me out too….is a dude in a wig who got his pecker cut off…only normal to not totally be comfortable with that.

    • Daniel

      Larry Wachowski does not make an attractive female, that much can be said.

      • BeanBag

        I think she looks really pretty. She seams very charming and smart. I would totally fuck her. I bet she can suck like a Dyson.

  • junierizzle

    Wachowskis would be a good choice. They can make things look realistically cool and not cartoony like Avengers.

    Del Toro would be a perfect choice though.

    • Ryan

      How was The Avengers cartoony? Whedon embraced that these are comic book characters. Don’t get me wrong I loved Nolan’s films, but he feared embracing the comic aspect.

      • Nomis1700

        Why bringing up Nolan/Batman??
        The Avengers is a kidsmovie spectacle. It’s fun, light and nothing more. I think the Wachowski’s can handle a JLA film but I think Wb should get their other superheroes at first. They should wait to see how MOS does and when it does well, that they let Snyder/Nolan make a trilogy out of it.
        And before the end of that, films of Wonder Woman (I’d like Refn to direct), The Flash and Aquaman (O man I really want that!!!) but with not so big references to the other superheroes.
        I would really like to see a JLA film but I think it’s going to be a very tough job.

    • Robert T

      Avengers didn’t look cartoony at all…the CGI and action scenes were incredible.

    • CamdenHey

      “Wachowskis would be a good choice. They can make things look realistically cool and not cartoony like Avengers.”

      I stand behind the possible choice of the Wachowskis, but how in hell is that statement supposed to make sense. You think that Speed Racer and the “future” scenes from Cloud Atlas DON’T look cartoony?

      Anyway, my picks would be the Wachowskis, Guillermo del Toro, JJ Abrams, Matthew Vaughn, or Edgar Wright.

      • nelson

        nothing in cloud atlas looked cartoony especially the future scenes they look very realistic

        speed racer i will give you

        but that might of been on purpose

      • junierizzle

        I think Speed Racer was supposed to look cartoony.

        But I didn’t mean cartoony in a visual sense. I meant that there was no urgency in the action, no style to it. A couple of good shots, yes. But for me, this is not a knock on Avengers, I enjoyed it as much as the next guy, but I thought the action was pretty ordinary.

      • MadMatt

        @junierizzle “…the action [in The Avengers] was pretty ordinary…” No more so than Batman and Bane lethargically thumping each other ad nauseum.

  • Jeff

    Alfonso Cuaron!

  • cloud720

    Quality aside, I have a feeling Cloud Atlas is going to flop. The Wachowskis don’t have the best record and Cloud Atlas could be the nail in the coffin. I doubt WB will consider them for long.

    • Northern Star

      Considering the disappointment experienced by many in the ‘Matrix’ sequels, plus the colossal flop that was ‘Speed Racer’, it’s not surprising Warner Brothers declined to finance the $100m ‘Cloud Atlas’ adaptation. But the Wachowski brothers/sisters/mutants/whatever are also highly shrewd in getting their next project greenlit BEFORE ‘…Atlas’ is released, that way if the latter flops, they have their next film already largely prepped and about to go into production, wily customers that Larry and Andy…

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  • ScaredForMovies

    I wouldn’t get the Wachowski Brothers for this. They’ve only made one arguably great movie. While I enjoyed the 2nd and 3rd Matrix overall they were a let down. Speed Racer was a flop. Cloud Atlas looks like it may have potential. But it doesn’t seem like the type of movie that would put them into contention for Justice League. You could argue that Joss Whedon didn’t have a Matrix on his resume but he did a lot of television as well as writing for comics like the X-Men.

  • voice of reason

    As long as they don’t let Nolan anywhere near it, it’ll work. He’d put a scuba suit on Aquaman for the sake of “realism” or have Wonder Woman be an olympic athlete without calling her “Wonder Woman” because in “reality” people would never call her Wonder Woman. The Flash’s voice would be super muffled because in “reality” travelling at supersonic speeds would render Flash’s voice inaudible to human ears. Add a dollop of super po-faced camp seriousness and you have Nolan’s The Justice League (but in he’d change the name to “Justice Team” because in “reality” it’s more of a team then i is a league).

    • Roland Deschain

      And this is the “voice of reason.”

  • Strong Enough

    Everytime some brings up cartoony and avengers they somehow try to connect it with Nolan. Yes Avengers was good. But yes it’s a f**ckin cartoony kids film. Aliens attacking New York blah blah blah. their is nothing wrong with that. Well maybe there is but it worked pretty well. You marvelittes are so touchy

    • Irastev

      What do you think JL be battling: corporate fraud?

      • Strong Enough

        Non cartoony aliens? :)

    • Polarboy

      I suppose a Neutron bomb with literally a ticking time clock is so much more sophisticated lol ;)

  • sense 11

    I think they could be a good choice precisely because of how under control they would be.

  • djfjr

    lucky girp com

  • James

    One thing Warner Bros. Has to realize is that for a film like Justice League, they CAN’T go with a director-for-hire. They have to give the helm to a “visionary”. As long as they do that, it should be fine.

  • James

    One thing Warner Bros. Has to realize is that for a film like Justice League, they CAN\’T go with a director-for-hire. They have to give the helm to a \"visionary\". As long as they do that, it should be fine.

  • bowers28

    NEILL BLOMKAMP

  • tom

    i just plain don’t think a JLA movie would be good. i’m hardly a die hard comics fan, but i enjoy comics enough to care about the more secondary characters. and i really don’t give two shits about secondary DC characters. Green Lantern is probably it. honestly i think WB should just ignore JLA for now and focus on bringing their two big properties together: Batman and Superman. granted i have no idea how Man of Steel is, but i would go the route of rebooting both characters, and make sure they are tied into the same world. do a batman movie with just references to superman, maybe doing an intro at the end to the new superman movie. do his movie without batman, then bring them together to fight Darkseid or something. then tear them apart for a fourth movie that’s Batman vs. Superman. people would pay to see that. not Wonder Woman flying an invisible jet

  • lana is a freak

    Just pick Cameron and you will get the worst movie ever made. jesus, i can’t believe they would even consider affleck and the polish freak twins.

  • lana is a freak

    Just pick Cameron and you will get the worst movie ever made. jesus, i can\’t believe they would even consider affleck and the polish freak twins.

    • Polarboy

      You tuck it between your legs and shout put the lotion in the basket don’t you, DON’T YOU !!!!!

  • bud

    Aronofsky all the way!

    • sense 11

      I agree but he always ends up quitting these types of movies

      he quit on The Dark Knight reboot back in the day, Robocop reboot and the new Wolverine

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