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How Kevin Smith Got Ben Affleck for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck are officially back in each other’s lives, and the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot director took to social media to explain how that reunion ultimately came to be. Smith made his big-screen debut all the way back in 1994, with the ultra-low-budget comedy, Clerks. Proving to be a surprising critical and commercial hit, Smith went on to write and direct such other cult classics as Chasing Amy, Dogmaand Mallrats. Affleck made his debut in the View Askewniverse (as Smith’s world is affectionately known) in the latter before also starring in both of the former. He also reprised some of his earlier roles – and a twisted version of himself – in the highly-meta Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.

The pair took diverging paths in the years that followed. Affleck went on to such high profile roles as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman and Justice League, as well as becoming a successful director in his own right, helming such critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning films as Argo. Smith, meanwhile, further cultivated his already-passionate following with various podcasts and stand-up specials, while simultaneously producing passion projects like Tusk and Yoga Hosers. He also made the move to television, directing episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl. Though fans clung to the idea that Affleck and Smith would one day work together again, it seemed increasingly unlikely – making it all the more surprising when Affleck made a cameo in the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot trailer.

Related: Every Cameo In The Jay & Silent Bob Reboot Trailer

Taking to his personal Instagram, Smith shared the story of how Affleck came to be back in his life and part of his new film. The story is a surprisingly emotional one. It is also, as you’d expect from the popular writer/director, one laden with pop culture references and boundless positivity for everybody (including entertainment journalists) that helped to make the reunion possible. Grab your tissues and check out the full story below:

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MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets – one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene – and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade – only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me – who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks – was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back – all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv – your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil

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Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will see the two iconic stoners (who debuted in Clerks and have been a recurring Smith feature ever since) venture to Hollywood in order to prevent a movie based on their in-world comic likenesses from being made. The film is set to be a hilarious commentary on the current culture of remakes and reboots – all while being essentially a meta-retelling of the same story from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Based on the trailer and Smith’s aforementioned post, it appears that the film will also tie up some threads and make mini-sequels from other previous films.

In that regard, the film will be not too dissimilar from Avengers: Endgame – albeit it a filth-laden and drug-fuelled version as only Smith could conjure. In recent years, Smith has become as known as much for his tearful reactions to films and television episodes as he is his own films. This time, however, it would seem that it’s his turn to bring the tears as well as the laughs in a way not seen since Chasing Amy. Smith’s films aren’t always the most financially successful, but tend to cultivate a level of passion from fans and actors – hence the star-studded cast for this outing.

Fans are already overjoyed to see the pair back together and Affleck once again in the fold. As such, Smith’s story will only serve to further emphasize the emotion that comes from seeing previously close friends finding each other again – not to mention, spark excitement as to what this could mean, if anything, for the future. Either way, it’s a fitting real-life precursor for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, which is also, according to Smith, one of his most heartfelt films.

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2019-07-19 01:07:09

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Ben Affleck to Star in & Direct WWII Movie Ghost Army

Ben Affleck will direct and star in Ghost Army, a new World War II film for Universal. Prior to his casting as Batman in the early installments of the DC Extended Universe, Affleck experienced a nice career comeback working behind the camera. The trio of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo were all critically acclaimed (with Argo winning Best Picture), cementing Affleck as one of this generation’s premier directing talents. His 2017 crime drama Live By Night didn’t live up to its potential, but that was mostly due to extenuating circumstances related to Affleck’s time in the DCEU.

Now that he’s hung up the cape and cowl, Affleck is free to pursue whatever films fancy him. He’s starring in a few notable upcoming films (like Gavin O’Connor’s Torrance), but he’s also been eyeing potential directorial projects. Last summer, he reportedly signed on to helm a film based on the true story of the McDonald’s Monopoly scam, but in the wake of the Disney/Fox acquisition going official, that one seems to have fallen by the wayside. In the meantime, Affleck is targeting a different kind of film to make next – but one that will surely get cinephiles buzzing.

Related: Ben Affleck’s 5 Best Moments As Batman (and 5 Worst)

According to The Wrap, Affleck will direct, produce, and star in Ghost Army, which is based on the book The Ghost Army of World War IITrue Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto will write the script. The story details “a little-known maneuver into Germany during World War II.” Those interested in familiarizing themselves with the topic might want to check out the Netflix documentary Ghost Army.

The past couple of years have been rather tumultuous for Affleck on a professional and personal level, with constant rumors about his future as Batman and a stint in rehab making headlines. But it’s nice to see him land back on his feet and move forward with the next phase of his career. As indicated earlier, Live By Night was hamstrung by Affleck’s DCEU commitments, and he didn’t have the necessary time to fully develop it as he saw fit. Thankfully, all of those distractions are now in the past and Affleck should be able to fully dedicate himself to making Ghost Army the strongest film possible. This certainly has the makings of a powerful awards contender if all the pieces fall into place.

It’s also refreshing for viewers to see Affleck look to tackle some new subject matter. Most of his films are in the crime genre, and while that’s certainly a rich realm for cinema, one of Live By Night’s perceived shortcomings was that it retreaded material Affleck handled better in previous endeavors. World War II is definitely no stranger to the movies, but it should still be interesting to see what Affleck brings to the table. Recent WWII films, like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, showed it was still possible to innovate in this sandbox, so hopefully Affleck delivers something special with Ghost Army.

More: Ben Affleck Is Still Open To Directing A DCEU Film

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2019-04-23 02:04:37

Chris Agar

Ben Affleck is Still Open to Directing a DC Film

Ben Affleck says he would still be open to directing a DC movie if the right opportunity presented itself. The Oscar winner was originally set to helm a standalone Batman feature that he would also write and star in, but things obviously greatly changed since the time of that announcement. Unable to crack the right story, Affleck passed on writing and directing duties to Matt Reeves, and more recently officially vacated the role after three appearances in the DCEU. Reeves’ The Batman, which opens in June 2021, will star a new actor as Bruce Wayne.

For fans of the DCEU, Affleck’s departure was a disappointing turn of events. He had won over the naysayers with his performance as a world-weary Bruce, and many were excited to see what he could have done with the character in future films. While viewers have no choice but to bid Batfleck farewell, there’s still a chance Affleck the director could lend his talents to DC.

Related: All 31 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films

In an interview with LADbible, Affleck touched on leaving the DC universe, saying that he hasn’t entirely shut the door on returning in some capacity:

“I imagine it would be weird to step in and do another character. I can certainly imagine directing a movie, you know – if they [DC] would have me – if it was something I was passionate about. It’s not about like kind of closing doors on stuff, I just couldn’t figure out how I wanted to do that one [next Batman film], so it became time to let someone else take a crack at it.”

If Affleck were to take on a DC film, it would represent a change-of-pace for him. His four directorial outings to date are grounded dramas, but that wouldn’t necessarily mean he’d be out of his element on a superhero movie. He can craft exciting set pieces (see: the bank robbery sequences in The Town) and has demonstrated a strong handle on story and character. Affleck definitely has the ability to direct a big-budget tentpole if he wanted, but the key would be finding the right material. There’s no shortage of DC films in development, so it wouldn’t hurt WB (who has a longstanding relationship with Affleck) to have a meeting and see what’s there. Maybe Affleck would be interested in doing a standalone project like Todd Phillips’ Joker, where he’d have more creative leeway as an artist.

It remains to be seen what Affleck decides to do next with his directorial career. Last year, it was reported he was going to make a film chronicling the McDonald’s Monopoly scam (starring Matt Damon), but there’s still a chance that project could fall victim to the upcoming Disney/Fox acquisition. Regardless, the odds of Affleck jumping back into the comic book realm any time soon are low. He’d probably want to do a smaller film or two first as a palate cleanser before considering another superhero film. After going through the grind of Batman V Superman and Justice League, some time off from comic books would likely do Affleck some good. But if he ever were to find something that caught his eye, WB would be smart to have him back.

More: The DCEU Is Dead, Long Live the DCEU

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2019-03-09 10:03:34

Chris Agar

TRIPLE FRONTIER Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac Netflix Movie HD



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Ben Affleck ‘Excited’ For Batman Casting Change & Matt Reeves’ Vision

UPDATE: Here’s our picks to replace Ben Affleck as Batman.

Ben Affleck expresses his excitement for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will star a new actor as Bruce Wayne. Back in 2013, Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many will remember he was a controversial pick for the role at the time. However, Affleck was able to prove the skeptics wrong by delivering a grizzled performance as a world-weary and older Bruce, depicting the character onscreen like never before. Though Batman V Superman received mixed reviews, Affleck was seen by many as a highlight and fans left wanting to see more of him.

Obviously, a lot has changed in the few years since Batman V Superman premiered, including Affleck’s involvement with the DC Extended Universe. When Justice League underperformed critically and commercially, it was all but guaranteed audiences had seen the last of Batfleck. By the time DC’s failed team-up debuted in theaters, Affleck had already passed writing and directing duties on a solo Batman movie to Reeves and there were countless rumors he was looking to leave the franchise. Now, it’s finally been confirmed The Batman will feature a different actor in the role of Bruce, but Affleck remains enthused for what’s to come.

Related: All 30 Upcoming and In-Development DC Films

Taking to Twitter to share news about The Batman receiving a summer 2021 release date, Affleck stated he was “excited” for the movie and to see what Reeves does with the material. You can check out his post in the space below:

For DC fans, this has to be a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it’s nice to have some clarity on The Batman at long last, after months of unverified reports and speculation. Reeves has already proven himself as an exceptional filmmaker on his two acclaimed Planet of the Apes entries, so it should be fascinating to see what he can do with a hard-hitting Batman story that taps into the character’s status as the world’s greatest detective. At the same time, several viewers were fond of Affleck’s interpretation and wished he could have stayed around longer, possibly headlining a memorable standalone film (or more). As thrilling it is to see Reeves take the controls with a younger star, a case can be made Affleck’s talents were wasted here and he deserved a better shot.

It’ll be hard to not think about what might have been regarding Affleck’s tenure as Batman, but hopefully this is the beginning of a fresh start for him. He’s already lined up multiple new projects, headlining Gavin O’Connor’s drama Torrance and possibly directing a movie about the McDonald’s Monopoly scam. It wasn’t that long ago Affleck reinvented his career with movies such as The Town, Argo (which won Best Picture), and Gone Girl. Freed from franchise obligations, Affleck should be able to do as he pleases now, and it’ll be exciting to see what he chooses to do in the immediate future.

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2019-01-30 05:01:45

TRIPLE FRONTIER Official Trailer (2019) Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac Netflix Movie HD



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20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!





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30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

Ben Affleck’s Official Statement Following Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation

Actor and director Ben Affleck has released an official statement addressing his recent stint in a rehab facility as he battles on-going problems with alcohol addiction. Affleck’s statement comes on the heels of a report that the actor has redoubled his efforts to get well so that he can return to the role of Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ upcoming DCEU entry The Batman.

Affleck, of course, was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader when he was first named as the new Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though reviews for that film were decidedly mixed, Affleck himself received wide praise for his portrayal of an older, wiser Wayne. Affleck has since reprised the role twice, appearing in a cameo in Suicide Squad and in a featured role in Justice League. However, his future as Batman is decidedly up in the air with Reeves taking over the project and reportedly wanting to depict a younger version of Gotham’s Dark Knight.

Related: 12 Actors Who Could Replace Ben Affleck As Batman (And 13 We Don’t Want)

Even as Matt Reeves has been hard at work preparing The Batman, Affleck himself has been going through a lot of personal turmoil. After tabloid reports that he’d fallen off the wagon in a big way, Affleck checked himself into a rehab facility in order to address his addiction issues. The actor/director has since exited the facility and today he released his first official statement on the matter. Read Affleck’s full statement below:

Initially, Affleck was in line to write, direct, and star in a new standalone Batman film being developed by Warner Bros. But after the box office failure of his big-budget gangster film Live By Night, Warners seemed to cool on the idea of handing Batman fully to Affleck and Matt Reeves was ultimately brought in to take over the project. Since then, there have been varying reports about Affleck’s status as Batman going forward. With recent news that Reeves has completed his script for The Batman and turned it in to Warner Bros., it would seem reasonable to assume that confirmation about Affleck’s involvement is coming sooner rather than later. The film is expected to go before cameras beginning in summer 2019 and presumably the studio would want their Batman in place well before the commencement of filming.

Complicating the whole matter, however, is Affleck’s own personal life, which definitely took a turn for the worse when he was forced to enter rehab. If the reports are true, that Affleck has been vigorously getting back into shape specifically to continue playing Batman, then it seems the door is at least open for him to come back. And if for whatever reason Warner Bros. decides not to go with Affleck as Batman, there are plenty of actors lining up to take the role next. Recently, Mad Men star Jon Hamm threw his hat in the ring as a potential new Bruce Wayne. Another recent rumor had Game of Thrones star Kit Harington possibly being sought by Warners as the new Batman.

Obviously, the priority for Ben Affleck is getting his life in order before he even thinks about playing Batman again. It would appear things are now moving in the right direction for the actor/director. And perhaps he will ultimately get one more chance to play Bruce Wayne.

More: The DCEU Ruined Batman And Superman (But It’s Not Zack Snyder’s Fault)

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2018-10-04 02:10:04 – Dan Zinski

Kevin Smith Praises Ben Affleck’s Batman Performance



Reflecting on Ben Affleck’s performance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, filmmaker and comic book nerd Kevin Smith says that Affleck actually “skated” in reviews, and that his Batman is one of the few universally-praised aspects of the movie.

While Smith and Affleck aren’t currently close, Smith was instrumental in Affleck’s early career, directing him in movies like Chasing Amy and Dogma, As a result (and also because of his general comic book cred), Smith is often asked to weigh in on Affleck’s recent superhero movie career – and recently the topic came up again.

Related: The Internet’s Craziest Reactions To Ben Affleck’s Casting 5 Years Ago

Smith was asked about the general attitude towards Affleck’s Batman in the latest episode of his Fat Man on Batman podcast. The discussion of Affleck’s Batman begins at around the 57:40 mark of the podcast, when Smith is asked why he thinks Affleck’s Batman is “unfairly maligned.” He counters the question by pointing out that Affleck’s performance was one of the few elements of Batman V Superman that received near-universal praise:

“If you think back to when Batman V Superman came out, he was the one that actually skated, he got a lot of f***ing praise. There were people going, ‘This movie’s got a lot of issues – ironically, Affleck as Batman is not one of them.’ That was my recollection of peoples’ reaction to BVS. They had issues with the tone and the darkness and s*** like that, but he was the one thing that most people agreed was really good in the movie.”

Smith picks out one scene from the movie in particular that demonstrates the strength of Affleck’s Batman: “That f***ing scene where to takes out like twelve guys trying to save Clark Kent’s mom… is a fantastic f***ing scene.” When a follow-up question is asked Affleck being viewed less favorably because he was following on the heels of Christian Bale’s performance in the Dark Knight trilogy, Smith agrees that there was a lot of extra pressure. “In a world without Christian Bale’s performance to judge it against, most people wouldn’t be as s***ty about Ben’s Batman,” he says.

It’s true that Affleck had a tough uphill climb for people to accept him as Batman. When his casting was first announced, the initial tide of reactions was overwhelmingly negative, with people criticizing everything from his filmography to his body. Then, after Batman V Superman came out and received a thorough lashing from critics, an edited video of an interview with Affleck and co-star Henry Cavill went viral, becoming the “Sad Affleck” meme. In the wake of Justice League‘s disappointing box office and critical reception, it’s little wonder that rumors are circulating about Affleck retiring from the role. Those who love Batfleck, however, are still holding out hope that one day he’ll get to star in a movie that really lets his performance shine.

More: Five Years Later: Screen Rant’s Thoughts On Ben Affleck’s Batman

Source: Fat Man on Batman (via ComicBook)



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