It seems that Ben Affleck’s time with Batman, and DC in general, is coming to an end.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging profile, Ben Affleck has shared some thoughts on DC. With an appearance in The Flash still to come – one that Affleck says “I nailed it” in regards to his performance in “the five minutes I’m there” – it seems he is moving on with his career.
Affleck shared that he is not interested in directing anything for DC Studios. “I would not direct something for the [James] Gunn DC. Absolutely not. I have nothing against James Gunn. Nice guy, sure he’s going to do a great job. I just wouldn’t want to go in and direct in the way they’re doing that. I’m not interested in that,” said Affleck.
He also shared some of his thoughts on what happened with the Justice League. “You could teach a seminar on all the reasons why this is how not to do it.” He went on to add, “Ranging from production to bad decisions to horrible personal tragedy, and just ending with the most monstrous taste in my mouth. The genius, and the silver lining, is that Zack Snyder eventually went to AT&T and was like, “Look, I can get you four hours of content.” And it’s principally just all the slow motion that he shot in black-and-white. And one day of shooting with me and him. He was like, “Do you want to come shoot in my backyard?” I was like, “I think there are unions, Zack. I think we have to make a deal.” But I went and did it. And now [Zack Snyder’s Justice League] is my highest-rated movie on IMDb.”
The majority of the profile is about the future of his career, and focusing on his new company with partner Matt Damon. But it does appear that superheroes, at least for now, are off of his upcoming production slate.
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