Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman is probably the greatest thing that could’ve happened to Kevin Smith because now he has a legitimate excuse to tell eight million more stories (all two hours in length) about the movies he’s made with Ben before trying to murder him with Jersey Girl. So here he is explaining how Ben ended up making Daredevil thanks to George Clooney and Joel Schumacher driving the Batman franchise into the ground and raping it with rubber nipples. Via Starpulse:
“He brings me into the room and goes, ‘Look at this’,” Smith says. “There’s an office room and this beautiful bookcase – he reached under and he clicked something and all of a sudden the bookcase opened.
“I was like, ‘No! You built a f***ing Batcave?’ And he was like, ‘No I built a Batcave entrance!’ When you went in behind the bookcase it was a panic room.”
Smith also says that despite the uproar over Affleck’s casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman, he’s behind his pal 100%.
“This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember,” Smith says.
The director also says that the only reason his friend took the title role in 2003′s Daredevil is because he believed George Clooney’s portrayal of the superhero would be the last big screen appearance for Batman, and doing Daredevil was like a consolation prize.
“He only did Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller’s (graphic novel) Dark Knight Returns. He’s like, ‘They’re never going to make another Batman’, because this was after Batman had nipples. So he was like, ‘Daredevil’s cool, and Miller wrote him as well’. So he liked the character, but it was always rooted in Batman.”
Keep in mind, this was ten years ago before Hollywood got even more hooked on comic book franchises and churning out reboots – Case in point: Batman Vs. Superman will come out only three years after The Dark Knight Rises making the gap between Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man look like a goddamn century. – so to assume Batman and Robin killed the franchise dead made sense during a more innocent age when Pop-O-Matic Trouble: The Movie wouldn’t be a viable screenplay. (Lionsgate, call me.) That being said, the source for all this is Kevin Smith who immediately glommed on to Affleck’s casting by tweeting that he’s seen Batman naked, so as far as that circus tent goes, we’re barely past the flaps. (That’s what she said.)