Ben Affleck's Take on Directing a Superman Movie: Insights Shared
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Ben Affleck's Take on Directing a Superman Movie: Insights Shared

24 June 2023
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Ben Affleck's Take on Directing a Superman Movie: Insights Shared

Unveiling the Real Hero

Ben Affleck, known for his superhero roles, considered directing a Superman film before becoming Batman.

Career Resurgence ang Consideration for Superman

Despite setbacks in the 2000s and tabloid controversies, Affleck's hiatus led to a turning point in his career with the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone, followed by successes like The Town.

As Affleck established himself as a director, speculations arose about his potential involvement in a Superman project. However, in a resurfaced interview with Deadline, Affleck clarified that he believed the Superman film would be better suited in the hands of another capable director.

Importance of Story and Lessons Learned

Reflecting on his desire to direct large-scale, big-budget projects, Affleck emphasized the significance of storytelling over budgetary considerations. He expressed admiration for films like Blade Runner and acknowledged the presence of other filmmakers ahead of him on the list for epic effects movies. Affleck's focus on the essence of a narrative became a guiding principle in his directorial pursuits.

Walking Away from Directing Batman

Affleck later took on the role of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and The Flash, leading to speculation that he might direct his own Batman film. In a 2016 interview with USA Today, Affleck credited director Zack Snyder, who helmed Man of Steel, as an inspiration for his directorial aspirations.

However, he later revealed that he wasn't in the right frame of mind to undertake the responsibility of directing a Batman feature. Recognizing the importance of genuine passion for such a project, he chose to prioritize his personal happiness and the experience of being involved in the film.

No Interest in Directing for James Gunn's DCU

Although Affleck reprised his role as Batman in The Flash, he made it clear that it might have been his final appearance as the iconic character. When asked about directing another superhero film within James Gunn's new DCU (DC Extended Universe), Affleck expressed his disinterest. While acknowledging Gunn's talent, he stated that he did not align with the specific approach and direction of the films, emphasizing his lack of personal interest.

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