Warner Bros.' recent move to enhance Ben Affleck's off-screen role in the "Justice League" films may be taken as an indication that the studio is not too happy with Zack Snyder being the prime architect of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Apart from starring in the two-part "Justice League" as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Affleck will now also be executive producer on the movies. The Hollywood Reporter has shed some light on what exactly Ben Affleck's upgraded role means for that movie. Apparently, the "Argo" director is working closely with screenwriter Chris Terrio to "fine-tune the script" and will play a key role in the post-production process. Considering the fact that "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" faced a lot of flak for the way it played out, it certainly looks like Warners is looking to do some damage control.
According to a report by Birth.Movies.Death, Affleck was not too happy with the way "Dawn of Justice" turned out. This move by the studio "seems to help placate Affleck while also edging Zack Snyder out of a controlling central position in the DC Movieverse." However, another report by Deadline simply states that "Affleck is doing this to be supportive of Snyder, with whom he worked well on Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice."
Well, whatever might be going on behind-the-scenes, it's important to note that all these people are ultimately trying to make a good film for fans. Having an Oscar-winning filmmaker on board as executive producer will only help the overall project become better. What remains to be seen is if these new changes affect the dark, gritty tone of DC Films make the upcoming movies more Marvelish.
"The Justice League Part One" is slated to release on Nov. 17, 2017.