On the latest episode of Kevin Smith’s Hollywood Babble-On podcast, the director/actor/comic book nerd commented on his friend Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. “This dude has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember. He only did Daredevil because he loved Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns,” Smith explained. Frank Miller also wrote some Daredevil comics, and Affleck thought that taking that role would be the closest he’d ever get to playing Batman. Look at him now!
Another cool story that Kevin Smith told was the time he went to look at Ben Affleck’s house. Affleck was selling it, and Smith went over for a tour to check it out. During that tour is when Smith got to see first hand how big of a Batman fan Affleck was — he had a Batcave in his house!
He brings me into the room and goes “Look at this”. 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**king Batcave?” And he was like “I built a Batcave entrance!” When you went in behind the bookcase it was a panic room. Very small with a little TV, phone, a safe and video games.
If you’re not 100% on board with Ben Affleck as Batman, you’ve got to at least respect that he has loved the character for so long! Take a listen to Kevin Smith’s comments below, the Ben Affleck talk starts around the 11 minute mark. Warning: it’s Kevin Smith, so there’s some adult language.
SOURCE: Hollywood Babble-On #137