Wednesday, August 8, 2012 brought what can only be looked at as really unexpected news in the world of comic book movies. Variety reports that Ben Affleck is the main guy that Warner Bros. is looking to have direct a live-action "Justice League" film since Christopher Nolan has declared himself officially out of the running.
Yes, Ben Affleck.
It is expected over the next few days that Affleck will begin negotiations with Warner Bros. to discuss DC Comics' response to Marvel's "The Avengers." Oddly enough, Affleck seems to be the only one on Warner Bros. radar as no-one else has even received Will Beall's script for "Justice League" but him.
Collider made a good point that Affleck has stated before that he will only direct films in which he also stars in. Whether that means he'll end up as one of the superheroes on the team or not, remains to be seen.
More on this is sure to come soon, but another thing that is known is that Christian Bale will most likely not reprise his role as Batman in "Justice League." He has also said before that he has completed his time in that role. No word yet on if Henry Cavill will play Superman as he will in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel."