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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Avengers? More like THE AFFLECKENGERS!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

First, Ben Affleck might direct Justice League. Crazy!

Second, I would like to apologize for the above headline, which is possibly the worst thing I have ever written. It doesn't even make sense. Let's just acknowledge it as a complete failure and move on. Maybe things will get better from here on out.


Nope, sorry! Fun fact: That took me about 45 minutes to make.

THIRD. Outside of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, Warner Bros. has had a hilariously difficult time trying to match Marvel's success when it comes to comic book movies. Which is weird, because Warner Bros. owns the entire DC Comics catalog—yeah, Batman, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, and... ah... The Flash? Green Lantern? Martian Manhunter? And Swamp Thing? Okay, maybe after the big three, none of 'em are household names, but Marvel had that issue, too, and they seem to have done alright.

But in the time that Marvel's had two Iron Man movies, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers, Warner Bros. has put out Nolan's Batman movies and... um... Green Lantern. They've got Zack Snyder's Superman movie coming out next summer, but they've have been trying to get a Justice League flick—which would basically be DC's version of The Avengers—off the ground for a while. Deadline seems to think Affleck has no intention of doing it, but Variety says Affleck's a serious contender for the gig—possibly the only contender for the gig—and see? That graphic makes way more sense now, doesn't it? No? Fine. It was free, stop complaining.

This idea? Not terrible. The Town and Gone Baby Gone established Affleck as a solid director, and his new movie, Argo, looks great:

Is Affleck a good fit for a giant summer blockbuster? I dunno. But it's certainly a more interesting possibility than any of the half-baked ideas Warner Bros. has so far had when it comes to Justice League. Like when George Miller was going to make it, and Common was going to be Green Lantern, and Seth Cohen was going to be the Flash, and Darth Vader was going to be Superman.

In conclusion, apologies again about the headline.


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