The Hollywood Reporter has dropped an interview with Ben Affleck in which he would seem to comprehensively rule himself out of any directing gig in the new DCU. He was out doing promotion on his new Nike-themed movie Air. He co-stars and directed this for Amazon.
The interview was wide-ranging and covered many bases. Inevitably, they asked him about his time in the DCEU. He spoke about conflicting experiences with the movies and how he ended up getting the best notices for the one that was never released to theaters – Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which was his highest-rated movie:
“I’ve never had one that went from nadir to pinnacle. Retroactively, it’s a hit. All of a sudden I was getting congratulated for the bomb I’m in.
I was going to direct a Batman, and [Justice League] made me go, ‘I’m out. I never want to do any of this again. I’m not suited.’”
So he won’t be directing in the new DCU? Everyone previously reported that there were meetings with Gunn and Safran about Affleck potentially directing in the DCU. He left no doubt:
“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 still has one more turn in the DCEU as Batman/Bruce Wayne. He appears in The Flash. For his final go-around, he says he feels this time he has the character absolutely right:
“I nailed it in The Flash. For the five minutes I’m there, it’s really great. A lot of it’s just tone. You’ve got to figure out, what’s your version of the person?”
So that’s it then. Batfleck is done after The Flash and Affleck himself won’t be directing for Gunn and Safran.
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