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“We love him to death”: Russo Brothers Ready to Direct Batman Movie for James Gunn After Ben Affleck Refused Offer

“We love him to death”: Russo Brothers Ready to Direct Batman Movie for James Gunn After Ben Affleck Refused Offer

Amid reports of Ben Affleck directing the Batman film under the new DCU, Russo Brothers have now also expressed their desire to work with the Dark Knight. The first ten projects announced under James Gunn’s new DCU also include a Batman project, The Brave and the Bold. DC Studios’ co-CEO described the project as a “father-and-son story.” After Gunn revealed the first chapter of the DCU, there were assumptions that the award-winning director-actor Ben Affleck would direct the film.

The Brave and the Bold
The Brave and the Bold

However, the actor denied such claims saying that although he believes the Super director with his work, he is not interested in directing a film for “Gunn DC.” But after the Batman actor, the Avengers: Infinity War director-duo have expressed their desire to work on a Batman film.

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Russo Brothers Interested in Directing a Batman Movie

During a recent interview with Comicbook, Russo Brothers opened up about which DC character they would be interested in working with. The directing duo also talked about working with James Gunn and supported the director’s vision for the future of the DCU.

Russo Brothers take a dig on Disney+ and praise Netflix
Russo Brothers

We love him to death. We love the direction he’s going to take that world in,” Joe Russo said. When asked about their favorite DC character, the duo agreed on the Cape Crusader. Russo Brothers shared there are so many good characters in DC comics, but they prefer answering based on their collection as a kid.

Joe Russo shared that he mostly collected Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman as a kid, and considering there have been a lot of “iterations of Batman,” he stated the Dark Knight as his “obvious answer.” Before The Grey Man directors’ names were added into the fold, Ben Affleck was expected to direct The Brave and The Bold.

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

James Gunn earlier shared that the studio had approached The Town actor as “he wants to direct” and the DC Studios “want him to direct.” However, during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck denied such possibilities, saying he is not interested in working under Gunn’s new DCU.

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Ben Affleck Doesn’t Want to Direct Anything For the New DCU

Ben Affleck has been known to be interested in directing a Batman movie. And fans were expecting the same when James Gunn shared that the studio is in talks with the Oscar winner for directing a movie under the first chapter of the DCU.

Ben Affleck in Justice League
Ben Affleck as Batman

However, when asked if he would accept an offer from DC Studios to direct a movie, Affleck said, “I would not direct something for the Gunn DC. Absolutely not.” He added that he has nothing against the filmmaker, but he is not interested in the way the studio is moving ahead with the DC universe.

The Dawn of Justice star will appear as Batman alongside Ezra Miller in the upcoming film The Flash, which is also expected to be his last appearance as the Dark Knight.

The Flash is set to be released on April 25th, 2023.

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Source: Comicbook

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.