The DC Cinematic Universe has experienced some shifts in its creative team lately, including the biggest one involving the Batman solo film.
There are a few different theories regarding why Ben Affleck stepped down as director of the anticipated project, though he is still starring in it of course. Fellow director Kevin Smith recently shared his thoughts on why Affleck decided to step out of the director's chair on his latest episode of Fat-Man on Batman with Marc Bernardin.
"Let's talk about why? Why would this happen? I don't know. I haven't spoken to him in years, but here's my take on it. Here's my hot take. What's the upshot? Seriously. Everybody wants that to be the greatest Batman movie ever made, and you know, in many cases, maybe the greatest Batman movie ever made has been made, called The Dark Knight, it's a pretty wonderful film. If that's your bar for a Batman standalone, Chris Nolan couldn't even measure up to himself with The Dark Knight Rises. I liked it but it wasn't received nearly as well. Let's be honest like that Joker portrayal is for the ages. F***** beyond brilliant and s***."
"So, it's a tall order man" Smith continued, "so maybe he's the kind of guy who's just like why bother. Why am I going to step up to the plate, no matter what I do people are going to b****. If it ain't f****** The Dark Knight, I'm f*****, but if I'm just acting in it, my name's Paul and this is between ya'll, I'm just the Bat, that's it. The guy or girl tells me what to do and go and so you got a beef with the movie? Talk to these motherf******. That's easier. That's an easier life. You don't have to sit there and take the slings and arrows."
While Affleck won't be directing, at least it gives him a bit more time to do amazing things like this.
In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg.
Justice League hits theaters on November 11, 2017.
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