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AFFLECK SAYS HE IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ MOVIE, WACHOWSKIS ARE NEXT IN LINE

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Posted August 26, 2012 by Jeff Carter in News
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Warner Brothers has enormous dollar signs in their eyes, and the studio is scrambling to attach a director to the Justice League film in the wake of Marvel Studios’ game-changing success with The Avengers. According to reports, Warners was keen on the idea of getting Ben Affleck behind the cameras of the superhero team up, but Affleck recently told Vancouver entertainment outlet 24 Hours, that those reports were greatly exaggerated:

“I’m not working on the Justice LeagueOne of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started. Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.”

I love how Ben takes a shot at sites like the one I run here, right before adding a tag to his statement that keeps the door open for him on the project. He seemed a bit cranky, no? Still, if Affleck did wind up directing the film, it certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. In the last several years he’s proven his worth as a solid director of adult dramas like Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and his upcoming Argo. Whether that experience translates to $250 million-budgeted epic superhero blockbusters remains to be seen, but all of those films featured large casts with lots of intense and divergent character dynamics.

Following that news from Affleck, Moviehole ran a story that Warner Bros. now have their eyes affixed on The Matrix directing tandem of Andy and Larry Lana Wachowski for the Justice League movie:

“Warner Bros are apparently jazzed with “Cloud Atlas”, and love that it’s as much a spectacle as it is a showcase for the immense ensemble involved, so it makes sense the W’s are under consideration.”

Wow, now the Wachowskis would be a fascinating choice to direct this massive film. Here are two guys (well, now a guy and a woman), who saw their rock solid geek cred plummet in the aftermath of the Matrix sequels and the tremendously polarizing Speed Racer. Theirs was a star that burned dazzlingly bright, then suddenly flamed out, went dead and cold, and fell out of the sky overnight. The Justice League film would be the perfect opportunity for the siblings to re-capture their place in the geek culture zeitgeist. Their upcoming film Cloud Atlas proves that they still have the technical ability to produce some epic spectacle and mind-blowing visuals, so this could be a perfect match.

My personal choice for the Justice League movie is Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The guy knows and loves superheroes, comic books, and sci-fi/fantasy, and he’s demonstrated the acumen required to helm a big-budget action picture. He’s a logical choice with the amount of creative vision necessary to become the DC version of Joss Whedon and oversee the creative direction of the Justice League, and all of the future DC Universe properties like The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, etc. What do you Leaguers think? Who do you want to see behind the camera of The Justice League?


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Jeff Carter
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Jeff is the defining voice of his generation. Sadly, that generation exists only in an alternate dimension where George Lucas became supreme overlord of the Earth in 1979 and replaced every television broadcast and theatrical film on the planet with Star Wars and Godzilla movies. In this dimension, he’s just a guy from New England who likes writing snarky things about superheroes, monsters, and robots.

  • adamwm629

    BRAD BIRD FTW

  • SpfldRich

    I don’t know how WB is going to pull this off. Seems like a longshot.

    • http://www.geekleagueofamerica.com/ Jeff Carter

      Many said the same thing about The Avengers, and look how that turned out!

  • SurfsideJack

    OOH. Brad Bird?
    I like that. I forgot about him. Iron Giant, The Incredibles, okay. But, add MI: Ghost Protocol? NICE mix for a JLA movie.

  • John221

    Brad bird would be fantastic, but my first pick would have to be Bruce Timm.