More From Ben Affleck On JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumor; Praises Marvel's THE AVENGERS Efforts
Reiterating that he was never offered the gig, Argo director & actor Ben Affleck mentions that there was a meeting, of sorts, involving Justice League, while also praising Marvel's The Avengers.
Shortly after reports, in early August, revealed that the actor-turned-director was approached by Warner Bros. to helm their long-awaited Justice League film, Ben Affleck debunked the well received claims. Talking with HitFix recently about his hit thriller Argo, Affleck decided to set the record straight yet again, while also praising Marvel Studios and their buildup to The Avengers.
“I just want to make it clear because it’s not like I had something to even pass on. Because someone will eventually do 'Justice League' and they'll go, like, 'Ben Affleck passed on it,' and it won't be true. So I don’t mind setting the record straight. It's one of those things where the closest I came was some people talked to me about it like at a meeting. They were like, 'Here's the stuff we’re doing,' you know? 'Here’s what we're looking at.' That kind of thing. And they suggested it. But I don’t think there’s a script. I don’t think there’s anything.”
“I think there’s a DC 'Avengers' that could be done because they have the characters for it. And there’s some stuff in the comics now that’s kind of interesting, and it’s cool. That's what Marvel does so well. They do a lot of things well, but one of the things that I’m really impressed by is how they coordinated all those movies. I mean, you never see somebody make a whole movie with the eye of, like, building it into new sequels, but that's because you're just hoping it’s a hit and you’ll do it again. But for shooting these kind of satellite movies with the notion that later on you’ll build the planet that they're orbiting around, and coordinating it all ahead of time, and imagining how the story's going to work and flow with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, it’s a big deal. You don't see that level of organization much in movies. You know what I mean? It's like enough to just get one movie together and off the ground.”
Ultimately, Ben Affleck said he disliked talking about the rumors in the media simply because the stories “shed a negative light” on the DC superhero team-up flick, as HitFix notes. Make the jump here for the rest of the interview; Affleck explains whether he'd be up for similar genre films. Following Man of Steel, Justice League is reportedly next on Warner Bros.' DC Comics slate and is being penned by screenwriter Will Beall. And insiders say the film is aiming for a release in 2015.
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