It’s been more than two years since Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s marriage ended. For a while, Jennifer could still count on Ben’s participation in perfect family paparazzi photo ops. Sadly, Ben now has a new partner to smile for the cameras with. But what about Jen? Well don’t hold your breath for that, it’s not happening at the moment.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. had high hopes in bringing together all of the cinematic versions of the DC Comics heroes for Justice League. This was their answer to Marvel’s Avengers flicks, which are two of the highest-grossing movies of all time. They even brought Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon in to finish the movie up due to original director Zach Snyder having to bow out before filming completed due to the unfortunate death of his daughter.
But alas, no one really went to see it. It only made $94 million at the box-office here in the US. It cost $300 million to make. Ouch. This probably means we’re not going to get that Matter-Eater Lad trilogy. Continue reading
Ben Affleck appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to promote Justice League. Ben probably thought that the most awkward and uncomfortable question Stephen Colbertwas going to ask him might be about Justice League’s garbage reviews. If only! Instead, Stephen bypassed that and went straight for the gross elephant in the room by asking about Harvey Weinstein and Ben’s own allegations of groping.
We all know by now that Ben Affleck’s once-shiny dreams of playing Batman have turned into a nightmare. Little by little by little, Ben’s unenthusiastic involvement with a standalone Batman film has shrunk to an awkward situation. Not even his brother can see Ben wrapping his bloated muscles in black rubber anymore. So it might be time to find a new Batman, and apparently the first name on the list of possible Affleck replacements is Jake Gyllenhaal.
An official decision regarding Ben’s future as Batman hasn’t been made, but according to Campea (via Screen Rant), The Batman director Matt Reeves wants it to be Jake. A source adds that Jake has taken a meeting with Matt Reeves not long ago.
This isn’t the first time Jake Gyllenhaal has been rumored to play Batman. More than a decade ago, Jake was reportedly considered by Christopher Nolan to play Batman in Batman Begins (the role of course went to Christian Bale). Jake was also rumored to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man, which obviously never panned out. But it seems like he’s really interested in playing superheroes, so this might end up happening.
Screen Rant notes that if Jake does replace Ben, then this will possibly be another reboot of the franchise. That’s the only way they could explain that switch-up; because it sure as hell won’t look like it takes place in the same universe. I don’t know how they could possibly explain why Batman went from a grizzled 45-year-old dude who looks like he’s one soft chair away from a nap to a cute-faced 36-year-old whose favorite activity is cuddling and blushes if you compliment his hair.
Ben Affleck is not going to rest until he’s solved this whole “Hollywood happy hands” problem. After announcing that he was going to lead the charge to vanquish sexual assault, Variety reports that Brother Ben (oh, you didn’t know? He’s a saintly monk now. Forget that old creeper Bruh Ben you used to know) is putting his money where his mouth is by donating all future The Weinstein Company and Miramax earnings to charity.
On a scale from Harvey Weinstein to…everyone else, it’s probably safe to say Ben Affleck might not be high up on the creep-o-meter. He doesn’t have a decades-long reputation for hotel room business meetings with massage requests (not a high bar to clear). However, he has been accused of groping women in the past. Ben knows there’s a sexual harassment problem in Hollywood, and in a move that I’m sure definitely didn’t involve a conversation with his publicist, he claims he wants to help fix it.