The move gives Affleck more control over the direction of the DC extended universe
Ben Affleck, who was already signed up to star in the upcoming Justice League: Part One movie has now also been made executive producer.
Movie industry observers believe that Warner Bros. have made the move in order to give Affleck, who will play Batman, more control over the script and post-production.
Affleck has won two Oscars – once for his work with Matt Damon on the screenplay for Good Will Hunting, and another more recently for Argo, which he produced, directed and starred in.
Justice League is being directed by Zack Snyder, whose work on the recent Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was widely panned by critics and audiences alike, despite taking $864m at the worldwide box office. Principal photography began on the project in April, with a cast including Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, JK Simmons and Willem Dafoe. It’s due for release on 17 November, 2017 with part two scheduled for 14 June 2019.
Deadline Hollywood, which broke the news, says “Affleck is doing this to be supportive of Snyder”.
“Batfleck”, as he has been dubbed by some fans, is also working on a stand-alone Batman film, in which he is expected to star and direct. He will appear again as Batman first though in this August’s Suicide Squad, in a role that’s rumoured to be larger than originally planned.