With Christopher Nolan declaring himself out of the running for Justice League, Warner Bros. are reportedly trying to pin down Ben Affleck as the director of their shrouded-in-secrecy DC’s version of The Avengers.
A superhero super group composed of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter; the group has also included Green Arrow, Black Canary, Hawkman and several members of the Green Lanterns.
Affleck previously directed The Town for the studio and has the upcoming true story film Argo; on the other hand, Warner Bros. failed in their attempt to hire director George Miller.
Since Affleck recently said he’ll only direct films in which he also stars, which means if he does sign on as director, we can expect to see him starring as well.
According to Variety, Affleck is the only director to receive a copy of Will Beall‘s Justice League script. A possible release date slated for sometime in 2015 is right against Marvel’s Avengers 2, which has Joss Whedon returning to helm.
In addition, Affleck is also looking toward a starring role in the time traveling drama Replay; Greg Berlanti replaced Robert Zemeckis as director.
Here’s a synopsis from a Ken Grimwood’s novel ‘Replay’:
43-year-old radio journalist Jeff Winston dies of a heart attack in 1988 and awakens back in 1963 in his 18-year-old body as a student at Atlanta’s Emory University. He then begins to relive his life with intact memories of the next 25 years, until, despite his best efforts at cardiac health, he dies of a heart attack, again, in 1988. He immediately returns to 1963, but several hours later than the last “replay”. This happens repeatedly with different events in each cycle, each time beginning from increasingly later dates (first days, then weeks, then years, then ultimately decades). Jeff soon realizes that he cannot prevent his death in 1988, but he can change the events that occur before it, both for him, and for others.