Ben Affleck Only Made ‘Daredevil’ Because He Assumed Schumacher Killed The Batman Movies

August 28th, 2013 // 13 Comments
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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.)

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  1. Deacon Jones

    Marry, Kill, Fuck

  2. I’m sorry, but I like Kevin Smith’s stories.

    They’re always entertaining (well, almost; I could do without all the vagina worship he extols upon his wife).

    • Jenn

      That vag worship is just him tryin to get laid. He’s married. He gets it once a month, I’d be surprised. Actually, if he gets it up once a month, I’d be surprised.

      I like Kevin’s stories too. He’s funny and tells a good tale.

  3. leonora

    I love you but if I wanted to read I Watch Stuff I would…

  4. leonora

    enough about Batman and Ben Affleck is what I was trying to say.

  5. Kevin Smith as a director peaked with Dogma IMHO. And he’s a got better acting chops then Affleck. His scene in Live Free or Diehard as the Warlock shows at least he’s got a fanboy heart. Kevin Smith for Batman!!! And who cares if he’s a fat-ass, even superheroes let themselves go once in a while.

  6. Judging by the look on Stan Lee, he’s even wondering how Affleck got the part of Batman.

    Then again, it looks like he just fucked Kevin Smith for it.

    Series is doomed.

  7. He was like, theyahh NEVA gonna make anothaah Batman cuz this was like aftahh Batman had nipples and sh*t. So he was like, yo Dayahhdevils wicked cool and all and Millahh wrote him too so like he thought it was wicked awesome, but he still liked the Red Saahcks the most. So we went and got some bee-ahs in the friggin Batmobile and it was a wicked pissah.

  8. D Wolfe

    “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.”

    ..too funny!…haha….that said, I’m almost coming around to accept Affleck as Batman…and geez, we still some time to adjust between now and the premiere!…(eye roll…)…

  9. I’m working under the assumption that all the folks who are saying Affleck will ruin the character, didn’t see The Dark Knight Rises.

  10. Jenn

    Bale did nothing to endear Batman to me. Those movies were good to me because of the supporting cast. Gary Oldman for one.

    So,I’m not that worried so much about Batman. I wanna know who’s playing that spunky, sarcastic IT guy, doorman, or driver. We know they’ll have one. Hopefully, they’ll be great.

  11. Spazzz

    So Kev is loyal to his guys, and he should be shit upon why?

    I like his tales and his podcasts, from which this excerpt was taken, Babble the fuck on.

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