Ben Affleck On Directing For James Gunn’s DCU: “Absolutely Not.”

Creatively speaking, James Gunn can’t be the only one directing projects for the new DCU. At some point, others need to be brought in to help guide this vision into the future. One of those who is constantly pegged as possibly stepping behind the camera is Ben Affleck. The one-time director of The Batman‘s time is seemingly done following his role in The Flash, but could he return as a filmmaker for Gunn’s DC Studios?

Nope, no chance.

Affleck made it clear to THR that he has no intention of directing anything for the DCU.

“Absolutely not. I have nothing against James Gunn. Nice guy, sure he’s going to do a great job. I just wouldn’t want to go in and direct in the way they’re doing that. I’m not interested in that.”

Okay, so no ill will, it seems. Affleck is ready to move on and has been for some time. His nest film, Air, about the Nike Air Jordan, opens next month after a SXSW premiere and is more in keeping with what Affleck wants to do now. He also has Robert Rodriguez’s film Hypnotic on the way.

We don’t even know that Gunn offered Affleck anything in the first place. He’ll have no shortage of filmmakers eager to take their shot at the DC universe, anyway.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.