Around the time Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan were looking for a director for their Superman reboot The Town, written, starring and directed by Ben Affleck was #1 at the US box office and was receiving high praise from critics. Because of this the studio offered Affleck the Superman directing job, but he is said to have turned it down.
In a recent interview the actor/director spoke about the project, and insists he has learnt not to be tempted by movies with big budgets and special effects.
DEADLINE: Your films display an understanding of the under-class, and the working class and through that you’ve established your wheelhouse. Then there were rumors you considered directing Superman, which went to Zack Snyder. What factors do you consider in where to go next? Do you need to do a mega–budget film as a director?
AFFLECK: The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money. With Superman, I think they’re going to do a great version. Chris Nolan is brilliant and they’ve got a great director for it. I’ve love to do something like Blade Runner, but a lesson I’ve learned is to not look at movies based on budget, how much they’ll spend on effects, or where they will shoot. Story is what’s important. Also, there are a lot of guys ahead of me on the list to do epic effects movies.
Back when Affleck was appearing in movies like Gigli and Surviving Christmas it seemed he had left his Oscar winning Good Will Hunting days behind, but by directing two solid movies in Gone Baby Gone and The Town Affleck has proved he is a more than capable director. His Superman would have been interesting to see, but we’ll only be seeing Zack Synder’s vision now.
What do you want Affleck to direct next? Would you have wanted to see his version of Superman?