In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Smith, long time friend of Ben Affleck, said not only is Affleck a long time Batman fan, but built himself a 'Batcave' for $50,000.
People have been moaning about Ben “ruined Daredevil forever” Affleck playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming superhero movie “Batman vs Superman” for weeks. Well, everyone but longtime friend Kevin Smith.
Smith told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview that if you need proof the ‘Argo’ star/director was a Batman fan, you just need to check out his old living quarters.
“I live in Affleck’s old house, and he built a panic room and the entrance was built to look like the Batcave entrance,” Smith said.
When Smith discovered the hidden entrance, he asked Affleck how much it cost to build the room.
“50 thousand bucks. I was like, ‘Worth every f–king penny, man. That’s amazing!’ If you’re going to have Pearl Harbor, Armageddon type money, build a f–king Batcave entrance in your house. So he’s always loved the character.”
Smith and Affleck had been friends for years, having worked on projects together like “Chasing Amy,” but Smith confessed that while he knew Affleck was a big Batman fan, he didn’t think Affleck wanted to work on any more superhero movies.
“It caught me off guard because I too thought he was on this different path. He fought his way back from wherever he was and is now at the top of the mountain. I never would’ve guessed this move. Why wouldn’t he just be like, ‘Argo f–k yourself,’ to any superhero movie at this point,” he said.
Smith did confess that Affleck had told him during one conversation the main reasons Affleck decided to take on the role of “Daredevil” - a movie genre fans have called the worst comic book movie of all time - was to get closer to making a Batman movie.
“One I know for a fact: the guys always wanted to play Batman. He loved Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns”, and one of the reasons he did “Daredevil” was because [he thought] they were never going to do another Batman after the disastrous Batman & Robin. So he was like, ‘[Daredevil] is the closest I’ll ever get to Dark Knight Returns.’”
Even with Smith’s support of his long time friend, it hasn’t been an easy run for Affleck, who’s come under fire from fans expressing their outrage on sites like Twitter and Reddit. Currently, there is a petition circulating around the various forums online to have Affleck removed from the role. At the time this post was written, there were 94, 471 signatures on the official petition.
Affleck first addressed the online comments he had been told by director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) to not read the comments that would inevitably be posted, on Jimmy Fallon’s late night variety show two weeks ago.
‘Batman vs Superman’ is currently in development and is scheduled to be released sometime in 2015.
For now, fans are stuck with Affleck in the role of the caped crusader, but hey, maybe the Smith’s words will help to settle some of the fears people have.
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