Kevin Smith recalls writing failed ‘Superman’ movie for Ben Affleck

Kevin Smith recently spoke in detail about an unsuccessful attempt to get a “Superman” movie off the ground with Ben Affleck in the title role. According to Variety, he made the revelation on Yahoo Entertainment’s “The Never-Weres” series. He said the two were emerging from the success of “Mallrats” at the time.

Warner Bros. was in the process of developing a new “Superman” movie called “Superman Reborn”, but Smith thought the script was “terrible”. It was at this point that Smith presented his own movie “Superman” based on the comic book series “The Death of Superman”. Smith’s script went into development with producer Jon Peters, but the two clashed over the casting. Smith said: “I was writing it for Affleck. Ben was warming up. Like he was there. I think he was hired for ‘Armageddon.’ Affleck, he’s a fucking giant, like himself. he was built like a superhero, built like a giant figure, especially with the height. And then he puts the muscles there too. So in my head and my heart, it was always Ben and Michael Rooker. “

Smith wanted Affleck for Superman and Rooker for the villainous role of Lex Luther, but Peters had a different idea. The Hollywood producer wanted to play Sean Penn as Superman, as the actor had just been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1995 drama “Dead Man Walking”. “[Jon Peters] go, ‘Look in [Penn’s] eyes in this movie it is [got] haunted eyes, eyes of a killer, ”Smith said.

He continued, “And I was like, ‘Dude, this is Superman. You know, that’s not how most people think of Superman “… But he wanted to reinvent him. He wanted something gritty, graphic, and grown-up. He basically wanted like what Zack Snyder finally did. [in ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Justice League,’ which coincidentally featured Affleck as Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman]. Tim Burton eventually took over the reins of ‘Superman Lives’ and starred Nicolas Cage. Affleck would have his superhero drawn years later playing the role of Batman / Bruce Wayne in ‘Batman v Superman’.

According to Variety, Affleck would reprise the character in Warner Bros. ‘ ‘The Flash’ comic book mast, which hits theaters on November 4th. (ANI)

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