It hasn't even been a month since The Hollywood Reporter revealed they had a source that claimed Ben Affleck was considering leaving the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman following Justice League, before he even starts the character's first solo movie in the DC Extended Universe, The Batman. The very next day, at San Diego Comic Con, Affleck immediately refuted the report with his own excitement, saying:
“Let me be very clear: I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest fucking part in any universe… DC, Marvel. It’s incredible. I’m so thrilled to do it. I know there’s this misconception that because I’m not directing that I’m not enthusiastic about it. It’s fucking amazing.”
Weeks later, is Affleck still feeling such enthusiasm? In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly about working with two directors on Justice League -- more on that in a moment -- Affleck had this to say about the current state of DC:
“This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”
Now, one could read this as toeing the company line. Would such an important DC or Marvel actor ever admit their project was a disaster this far from release? Doubtful. On the other hand, if Affleck is still doing The Batman after Justice League, as he claims, it would likely be due, at least partially, to his trust in DC. Even someone as enthusiastic as Affleck is towards Batman would likely have abandoned the character if Justice League was shaping up to be a Batman V Superman or Suicide Squad sized mess. Besides, we've already seen DC make considerable improvements ourselves just this year with Wonder Woman, which was actually rather good!
As for working with two directors, first Zack Snyder and now Joss Whedon, on Justice League, Affleck said:
“It’s a little bit unorthodox. Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in.”
Affleck describes the resulting movie as “an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
Only time will tell how Justice League will turn out, but at least "sad Affleck" is optimistic about it. We shall see if we've never had an experience before like this as well, watching the movie in our case, and whether or not one will be able to tell what was Whedon's work and what was shot by Snyder. Hopefully, it will all gel to a point where we cannot tell the difference.
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Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly