Kevin Smith Calls Ben Affleck's Batman "The Best We've Seen So Far," Teases Crossover with TV Universe

Monday, 25 January 2016 - 10:20AM
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Monday, 25 January 2016 - 10:20AM
Kevin Smith Calls Ben Affleck's Batman "The Best We've Seen So Far," Teases Crossover with TV Universe
When Ben Affleck was first cast as Batman, many fans objected strenuously, but as we see more of Batfleck in the trailers, they seem to be warming to him somewhat. Batman megafan Kevin Smith counts himself among that camp, as he predicts that Affleck's version will be "the best we've seen so far."



While speaking to Variety at Sundance, Smith praised Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck's portrayal of the character, claiming that even based on the trailers, his costume and his movements are extremely faithful to the comics, particularly Frank Miller's classic Dark Knight Returns. "Right away, he's the best looking Batman we've ever seen," Smith said.

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"The hardest thing to nail about Batman is Bruce Wayne, because that's where you've got no mask and where you've got to be a human being," said Smith. "But that dude is Bruce Wayne, so he's born to play that role."
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He recounted that he encouraged his longtime friend to play Daredevil, and then subsequently promised to never let him put on a comic book costume again. He almost picked up the phone when the casting news broke to remind him of this pact, but is glad that he decided against it.

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"Now it looks like he is the best Batman we've seen so far," Smith said.
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To be fair, it doesn't sound like Smith has been privy to early screenings of the movie, so he's mostly basing this on the trailers and TV spots. But then again, he did participate in DC's film special last week, which might have given him access to more information and/or footage. 

Speaking of DC's film special, there was apparently one exchange with Geoff Johns that may imply the DCEU and DCTV universes may cross over. 

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"We did a piece where we talked about — I don't know how much I'm supposed to say because they cut it out," Smith said on his Fat Man on Batman podcast (via CBR). "But the idea [came up] of, 'Hey man, DC is known for nothing if not a multiverse,' so at which point I was like [to Johns], 'Could they fucking crossover?' And he was like, 'Ahh.' So doors are being left open and stuff like that."
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So although Ezra Miller is playing The Flash, we might still get to see Grant Gustin as Barry Allen on the big screen, if only in a cameo to establish that they're both part of the same DC multiverse. This would honestly be the best of both worlds, because then we'd get to see Gustin reprise the role that he plays so beautifully, but they would also still be able to keep the movie and TV universes separate, allowing the TV shows to retain their artistic freedom.

Finally, here are two new TV spots that dropped over the weekend:





Batman v Superman opens in theaters on March 25.
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