Ben Affleck Not Interested in Directing DC Movie

Affleck’s History with DC

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 10: Actor Ben Affleck attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures’ “The Accountant” at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ben Affleck played Batman in Zack Snyder’s DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Despite receiving criticism from fans for portraying a Dark Knight who killed his enemies without hesitation, Affleck’s interpretation of the character won some hearts after the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021.

DC’s New Cohesive Storyline

After Warner Bros. Discovery named James Gunn and Peter Safran as co-heads of DC Studios, they tasked them with creating a new cohesive storyline with DC characters. Gunn claimed that DC considered giving Affleck the director role for a future project. However, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck revealed that he has no interest in directing a DC movie.

Affleck’s Response

“I would not direct something for the [James] Gunn DC. 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,” said Affleck.

Affleck’s Future with DC

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 12: Ben Affleck attends the Los Angeles premiere of Amazon Studio’s “The Tender Bar” at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Although Affleck won’t be directing any DCU project anytime soon, he will be appearing in The Flash as Batman for the last time, which is set to release on June 23, 2023. The film, starring Ezra Miller as The Flash, promises to rewrite the DC timeline, and Affleck will share the screen with Michael Keaton’s Batman.

Affleck’s Comments on The Flash

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck expressed his satisfaction with his final portrayal of Batman, saying, “I finally figured out how to play that character [Batman], and I nailed it in The Flash. For the five minutes I’m there, it’s great.”


While Affleck won’t be involved in DC’s new cohesive storyline as a director, fans can look forward to his final portrayal of Batman in The Flash.