Ben Affleck Still Wants To Direct A DC Superhero Movie After Quitting Batman
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Ben Affleck has said he would still direct a DC Extended Universe movie after confirming that he has stepped down from his role as Batman.
The actor had originally signed on not only to reprise his role as the caped crusader, but also to write and direct the next instalment.
However, Affleck hinted that this may not be the end of his involvement in the DC Extended Universe after saying that he was never happy with the Batman script.
He told LADbible: "I imagine it would be weird to step in and do another character.
"I can certainly imagine directing a movie, you know - if they [DC] would have me - if it was something I was passionate about.
"It's not about like kind of closing doors on stuff, I just couldn't figure out how I wanted to do that one [next Batman film], so it became time to let someone else take a crack at it."
The 46-year-old first took on the role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, before returning in 2017 for Justice League. He also appeared briefly in Suicide Squad in the same year.
Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) was later brought in to direct the movie - set for release in 2021 - with Affleck still scheduled to play the lead until officially stepping down last month.
Affleck is currently promoting upcoming Netflix heist movie Triple Frontier, which also stars Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund.
The J.C Chandor film sees a group of former Special Forces operatives reunite in an attempt to take down and rob a South American drug lord.
He told LAbible: "I'm really grateful to have a chance to do something like this and do a really exciting ensemble movie that sort of straddles genre.
"It's both big broad commercial genre as well as this interesting character genre stuff.
"Hopefully I'll just be able to keep having the opportunity to be working - to do exciting projects."
The Netflix original, one of the streaming giant's biggest to date, saw the cast work with ex-Special Operatives and train with live ammunition before filming.
Affleck told LADbible: "One of the things that was important to J.C was to get an authentic sense of who these special forces ops were to play them authentically so that when you watched the movie you thought, 'Okay, I'm really getting some insight into what this kind of operation might really look like.'
"We worked with some really incredible guys who were special forces ops who taught us to try to replicate what they did and how they did it. It was an honour to work with them."
Triple Frontier is available on Netflix on 13 March 2019.