Sometimes, a simple meeting between a studio and a director can spiral out of control and practically become fact overnight. This was the case with the "Ben Affleck May Be Directing 'Justice League'"! stories that arrived a few weeks back. The story has cooled off since then, but today, Mr. Affleck himself has put an end to any future internet scuttlebutting: he is not directing the film.

In an interview with 24 Hours Vancouver, the director of 'Gone Baby Gone' and 'The Town' killed the rumors once and for all. In fact, he even wagged his finger at the people responsible for spreading such gossip across the internet:

"I'm not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that's how rumors get started."

Yeah! Take that you greedy, slimy entertainment web sites! Next time, you should-

Oh. Uh. Sorry, Mr. Affleck, sir. We'll do better next time. We promise. Pinky swear. Really. After he was done giving our industry a much-needed disciplining, he continued: "Justice League sounds really exciting, but it's not something I'm working on."

So, here's what probably happened: Warner Bros. wanted Affleck, one of their most reliable and talented filmmakers, to tackle one of their riskiest projects, but he declined so he could continue making moderately budgeted, impressively made movies for adult audiences. 'Justice League' may have lost a good director, but at least moviedom is keeping one of its more promising talents.

'Justice League' is currently being written an a director is still being sought. Affleck's next film, 'Argo,' opens on October 12.