If you happened to stumble across a trending video on YouTube a few months back entitled Sad Affleck, it became pretty clear how Ben Affleck was feeling about the negative critical responses to Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. In the aftermath of the film's release, the superhero showdown has sustained a brutal 27% critical rating out of 329 total reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and a B Cinemascore by fans that are generally more lenient. Earlier today, a writer for the well respected site BirthMoviesDeath.com reported from sources that,
"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 Kevin Tsujihara jumped the gun and announced him as the director of The Batman - there were still negotiations happening."
Last month, it was announced that Affleck is slated to direct the next solo Batman film and is being given complete creative control from DC. This was a move that many fans expected after learning of his casting for BvS. Even more recently, Affleck was given Executive Producer reigns for Justice League Part One which will also be directed by Zack Snyder. The move seems to be a result of both the divisiveness that Snyder's last two DCEU films received along with Ben Afflecks directorial involvement with a major character in the shared universe.
What does this all mean for us the general moving-going public? It offers us a lot of hope. While Snyder is still in the director's chair for Justice League Part One, Affleck has now been given an official voice on the production side of things. In essence, he now serves as a filter for ideas and concepts in order to assure the overall success of the film. This move will help Justice League avoid some of the problems with Snyder's previous DCEU films and will give Affleck more experience in the universe before he shifts attention to his Batman solo project.
Justice League Part One is set for release on November 17, 2017. A release date for the untitled Batman project has yet to be revealed.