Why Kevin Smith Prefers Ben Affleck’s Batman to ‘Mr. Mom’ Michael Keaton’s

The filmmaker also talks Marvel v. DC

"Misery Loves Comedy" star Kevin Smith, photographed by Patrick Fraser at TheWrap's Kia photobooth during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 23, 2015.
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Kevin Smith says his old friend Ben Affleck “rules as the Batman” because he brutalizes bad guys in a way Michael Keaton’s Batman never did.

The brilliance of Zach Snyder said, let’s make him look and move like the video game Batman. I mean it used to be Michael Keaton, and f—, Mr. Mom doesn’t hit too hard, but Ben comes in and blows up 12 people just coming in the door,” Smith said at a New York Comic Con for his AMC series “Comic Book Men,” according to comicbook.com.


Ben Affleck‘s Batman was indeed pure brutal ruthlessness, as fans saw in the warehouse scene from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (The scene was expanded in the Ultimate Edition of the film.)

Smith, who directed Affleck in the film adaptation of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” also weighed in on the eternal debate between Marvel and DC movies. He said DC films are “never going to be Marvel movies.”

“And as a long time fan of this s— I don’t care, you are either a DC guy or a Marvel guy and really DC isn’t ever going to do what Marvel does,” he said. “But really, when I was a kid and wish they had all this s— … so for years we have wanted this and now we got it. So, maybe be careful what you f—ing wish for, I guess.”