Zack Snyder‘s power over the Justice League quadrant of the DC Universe just went from singular to shared.
In an unexpected but unsurprising move, Warner Bros. announced that – in addition to starring as Batman – two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Ben Affleck has now been given the role of Executive Producer over the Snyder directed Justice League: Part One.
According to Variety, “Affleck will work with director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio on the script and weigh in on post-production.”
With production on JL:PO already having begun in mid-April, this public announcement is likely well-after the fact. Suffice it to say, while Affleck will likely do his best to respect Snyder’s vision (as a director, Ben no doubt sympathizes with Snyder’s position), it’s clear that Warners – who has a long and successful history with the Argo filmmaker – trusts Affleck’s instincts, and wants someone with his track record to have an authoritative input to check-and-balance Snyder’s rocky output.
It also suggests just how excited the WB is about the standalone Batman movie that Affleck has scripted and will direct (along with starring in). It’s rumored to be jammed packed with villains.
Justice League: Part One is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017. Justice League: Part Two is set for June 14, 2019, although that sequel was not cited in the official Affleck announcement.