Ben Affleck Refuses to Direct a DCU Film Under James Gunn

Since James Gunn assumed the role of co-CEO for DC Studios, he has teased many things concerning the new universe he is building for DC Universe, one of which is saying that Justice League star Ben Affleck will have a role behind the camera. The Peacemaker creator noted that he’s looking for a great project for the actor to direct. In his words, "[Affleck] really wants to be a part of our architecture team trying to bring things together. And he really wants to direct one of our projects, and we're looking forward to him doing that." However, Affleck himself just debunked that information.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the Batman v. Superman star was asked if he would be willing to direct anything for DC if the studio approached him to do so. “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.” he reasoned.

The actor first suited up as DC’s Dark Knight for Zack Snyder in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, appeared in Suicide Squad, and then Justice League, and was supposed to develop and direct his own movie titled The Batman, but Affleck departed the project and the role, citing problems at Warner Bros. With that happening, DCU fans hoped that the Gone Girl actor would have a role in Gunn’s new DCU, but the chief said that Affleck won’t be suiting up as Batman and now won’t be directing anything for the new management.

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Gunn and Peter Safran’s initial DC slate includes a Batman movie, The Brave and The Bold. “This is the introduction of the DCU Batman,” said Gunn at January’s press event. “Of Bruce Wayne and also introduces our favorite Robin, Damian Wayne, who is a little son of a bitch, assassin, and murderer who Batman takes on, who is Batman’s actual son that he doesn’t know exists for the first 8-10 years of his life….it’s a strange father and son story about the two of them and based on Grant Morrison’s run of the Batman.”

With Affleck out as Batman and director, it’s uncertain what his future will be with DC, but for now, the actor returns as Batman in The Flash, which speeds into theaters on June 16.

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