How Ben Affleck Will Help Shape the ‘Justice League’ Movie
Ben Affleck will have a bigger hand in shaping next year’s Justice League than previously expected. In addition to reprising his role as Batman in Warner Bros.’s upcoming hero team-up movie, the actor has also recently signed on to serve as an executive producer on the project.
According to Deadline, the studio has officially added Affleck to the Justice League‘s creative team as an EP. In this role, Affleck will work behind the scenes alongside director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to help craft a specific vision for the highly anticipated two-part film. The move comes after this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice proved disappointing with critics and audiences alike, despite raking in big money at the box office.
As of now, the purported plan is for Affleck to assist Batman v. Superman scribe Terrio in rewrite to the initial Justice League script. The two have a successful history together, having worked together on 2012’s Argo (which took home the Oscar for both Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay). Affleck’s involvement in the script will also reportedly help ensure that Justice League aligns with his own solo Batman movie, which the actor also co-wrote and is tentatively expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018.
In addition to assisting in rewriting the script, Affleck will also reportedly be involved in the movie’s post-production phase alongside Snyder and the rest of the editing team. But despite speculation to the contrary, this isn’t an effort on the studio’s part to edge Snyder out. As Deadline reports, Affleck only accepted the position to “be supportive” of Snyder and to help him and Warner Bros. establish the feel and style of its growing DC universe.
It’s a smart move on Warner Bros.’s part, as Affleck has a pretty stellar reputation when it comes to storytelling. His previous writing-directing efforts, including Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and of course, Argo, have all earned high critical acclaim and he looks set to continue that streak with the highly anticipated adaptation of Live by Night, which is also set up at Warner Bros. and will premiere next fall.
This is only the latest show of faith that the studio has displayed in Affleck. Earlier this month, it was reported that Warner Bros. had given Affleck full creative control over his upcoming solo Batman flick, which he is also currently set to direct. Now, the two parties will further extend their relationship by collaborating on the studio’s biggest planned superhero movie, Justice League.
Whether or not Justice League will prove to be as great of a team-up movie as it has the potential to be remains to be seen, but it’s safe to say that having Affleck be a part of the braintrust behind it can only be a good thing.
Justice League: Part One, also starring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.