To call Zack Snyder a polarizing filmmaker would be accurate, though also a bit understated. Ever since SUCKER PUNCH, the man hasn’t exactly sat pretty with critics and fans alike. Yet, he’s the man who DC went to to kickstart this cinematic universe of theirs. While it wouldn’t be inaccurate to call BATMAN v SUPERMAN a flop, it’s probably safe to call it a bit of a disappointment. The fact that a film with both Batman and Superman in it didn’t break $1 billion at the box office isn’t likely something that’s escaped Warner Bros. and DC.
Of course, there is another rising creative force at Warner Bros. in the form of actor/writer/director Ben Affleck, whose film ARGO won an Oscar for Best Picture a couple years back, and whose portrayal of Batman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN was universally loved. He’s also the man who’s set to direct the next standalone Batman film. It seemed inevitable, but it looks like his involvement is poised to become more extensive within the DCEU.
According to Deadline, Ben Affleck has been added to the list of executive producers on the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE film.
Now what does this mean exactly? In the film industry the role of executive producer can either mean nothing or everything. Sometimes it can simply be the name of the man who writes the checks, or sometimes it can be a true creative force behind a film. The simple fact is we don’t know which of those applies to Affleck. However, as we’ve said above, WB and DC are perfectly aware of the reception of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, and are hard at work at making JUSTICE LEAGUE as good of a film as it can be. Affleck has a name that is well-regarded in both the industry and in fan circles, and the studio well knows they’re likely to grow stronger from his input.
What’s more is that since Affleck will be taking the reins (as far as the character of Batman is concerned) from Snyder, it makes sense that they’d want his input for the actual direction of the character.
Either way, it’s a good move for the studio. While this doesn’t necessarily change the problem of committee at WB, it’s great to know that they’re never afraid to add solid talent. Perhaps someone who can rein in Snyder a bit from his more polarizing tendencies.
What are your thoughts on Affleck signing on as executive producer? How much impact do you think this will have on the JUSTICE LEAGUE film? Let us know in the comments down below!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART ONE hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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