‘Really lucky that he stepped in’: Ben Affleck on new Justice League director Joss Whedon
Ben Affleck is grateful Joss Whedon stepped in to replace Justice League director Zack Snyder after he dropped out of the film earlier this year.
The Man of Steel moviemaker stepped away from the upcoming DC Comics movie and handed the reins over to the Avengers director in May, following his daughter Autumn’s suicide in March, and Affleck, who plays Batman in the blockbuster, reveals that while the filming process was different, it turned out to be seamless.
“It’s a little bit unorthodox,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “Zack had a family tragedy, and stepped off, which was horrible. For the movie, the best person we could’ve possibly found was Joss. We got really lucky that he stepped in.”
“(The film is) an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes,” he adds. “I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
The actor first played the Caped Crusader in Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, and after Joss signed on for the new film’s reshoots, insiders suggested there were issues with the project.
“I’ve never worked on a movie that didn’t do reshoots,” Ben explains. “Argo, we did reshoots for a week and a half! Four days on Gone Baby Gone!”
And he insists the films are just getting better as they go along.
“This is a really nice time to work in DC,” he continues. “They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”