Words are, the 'Argo' actor/director is Warner Bros. Pictures' favorite to helm the superhero ensemble film and he's expected to begin the discussion with the studio in the coming days.
Warner Bros. Pictures' long-gestating "Justice League" film project may be close to find its director. It is none other than Ben Affleck who is reported to have been eyed to tackle the helming duty for the superhero ensemble movie.
Variety first breaks the news that the actor playing Marvel's "Daredevil" in 2003 is expected to begin the discussion with Warners in the coming days. It is said that the "Argo" helmer is the only candidate to helm the big project since the studio is pleased with his acclaimed work in 2010's "The Town".
Affleck himself has made it clear that he would only direct movies, which would also be his starring vehicle. Judging from his statement, it is likely that he will also get his own suit in "Justice League". However, his representative hasn't clarified the speculation.
In addition to "Justice League", Affleck has been courted to direct WB's sci-fi drama "Replay" which is based on Ken Grimwood's 1987 book. He's also approached to adapt Stephen King's novel "The Stand" for the studio. It's unclear whether Warners will wait for him to finish the DC film or find another director instead.
Warners has been developing "Justice League" since several years ago. Before hiring Will Beal as the screenwriter, the studio initially chose Kieran and Michele Mulroney to pen the script with George Miller serving as the director. According to Variety, the long-awaited DC superhero pic won't likely hit theaters until summer 2015, which could put it up right against Marvel's "The Avengers 2".
UPDATE (August 9, 2012 03:19 GMT): A representative of Affleck clarifies to Deadline that the DC superhero movie project is "not going to happen with" the actor.