Just last week it was announced that Ben Affleck, currently the man beneath the cowl of the caped crusader in Warner Brothers’ DC Cinematic Universe, was to be an executive producer on the forthcoming Justice League films – and now we may know why.
According to sources close to the production; “Affleck was incredibly unhappy about the reception of BvS. He felt humiliated after spending so much of the press tour saying how much better this film would be than Daredevil. On top of that his agent was furious when (Warner Bros. chief) Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman – there were still negotiations happening. This move seems to help placate Affleck while also edging Zack Snyder out of a controlling central position in the DC Movieverse.”
Despite closing out its theatrical run with an estimated $875 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was critically mauled upon release, and currently sits at just 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. Shortly after release, the stars went on a seemingly studio-prescribed reign of damage control, insisting the movie was “for fans”, and not for critics.
The Justice League: Part One, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, JK Simmons, and Willem Dafoe, is due for release on the 16th of November, 2017.