Just a day after confirmation that writer/director Joss Whedon would be returning to helm The Avengers sequel for Disney, it appears sources within Warner Bros. Pictures are saying the studio has approached Ben Affleck to develop their Justice League movie. Variety reports that Affleck will be discussing the idea with studio execs in the coming days and has already received a draft of the script from Will Beall.
In the past few years, the multi-talented Affleck has found his calling as a director, developing critically praised films like The Town and Gone Baby Gone. Some have suggested that he's chosen to only helm projects he has been attached to star in. Would Affleck find a role in Justice League to make his own?
After playing Daredevil, he was often rumored to star in several attempts at a Superman reboot at Warner Bros. While the roles would eventually go to Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill, he did eventually snag the lead role in Hollywoodland, a film about the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV's Superman, donning the classic suit. With Cavill locked in place for a multi-picture deal, the likelihood of him starring as the Man of Steel in the team film is slim is none, but there are certainly some other vacant roles. Perhaps one that comes in black?
UPDATE: Deadline is reporting a different story saying, "This is a story I checked out days ago, and didn’t run when Affleck’s reps stated that it was not going to happen with him. "