Ben Affleck has certainly had an interesting movie career. He went from Hollywood heartthrob to box office disaster to acclaimed director and actor once more. He also found himself in the spotlight for a lot of personal drama in his life, as gossip columns and paparazzi love to spread any juicy tidbit they might have about him. Somewhere in all that, he managed to win an Oscar for Best Screenplay which he shares with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting. He also won the Best Director Oscar for Argo.
With a rollercoaster career like this, you are bound to find some ups and downs. Ben Affleck may not be the only actor who has had difficulty in Hollywood, but few have bounced back as well as he has. This means that despite all the haters out there (some of them are even featured on this meme list as their jokes are pretty brutal), Affleck gets the last laugh. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that a lot of these memes poke fun at the expense of the actor. For your viewing pleasure, here are 23 memes that feature Ben Affleck in two controversial superhero roles: Daredevil and Batman.
23. WE DON’T NEED YOU
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced, Christian Bale was hot off playing a tortured Batman in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy. People speculated about whether or not he would reprise the role in the planned DCEU set of films. Bale revealed that he would no longer play the character if his partner in crime Chris Nolan was not directing the project.
Bale later revealed that he was a little jealous when he found out Ben Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader, and he also admitted that he regretted not taking his portrayal further, into a more tormented direction. This meme provides an alternate take on his reaction to Affleck’s casting. Maybe, behind closed doors he thought it was hilarious that someone would replace him after he took part in such a critically acclaimed trilogy.
22. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING
You must have known coming into this that there were obviously going to be a lot of borderline offensive blind jokes as soon as you read that this article featured Daredevil. But beyond the obvious (Daredevil can’t see so no wonder he wouldn’t be able to see himself being cast as Batman), the underlying message is something that rings true for most fans. No one would have expected Ben Affleck to be cast as Batman. It was just not something that anyone would see coming.
There were rumors that Josh Brolin would take on the role of a brooding, older, more experienced Batman, and that fit the bill well enough so nobody would have ever guessed Affleck would become Batfleck. Today, you would be reading a Batlin article instead of a Batfleck one.
21. DEADPOOL V BATMAN
Wouldn’t this have made for an interesting movie? A battle between the Dark Knight of Gotham and the 4th wall-breaking psychotic goofball that is Deadpool. Maybe that’s a terrible idea but it would still most likely be better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ever the joker, Deadpool tells Bruce Wayne that he found his cane and calls him “Mr. Murdock,” implying that he will never escape his past in that terrible movie.
Wayne then replies that he found Deadpool’s Green Lantern ring. It’s probably not the best idea to dish out insults when you also have a past that includes horrible superhero movies. And it’s not like Green Lantern was the only one. Remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine? We want to forget it too.
20. BECAUSE HE IS THE HERO WE GOT
We’re not exactly sure what’s going on in this picture. Either Ben Affleck is constipated or attempting to act out a scene where he is supposed to cry but he is horrible at it. In any case, the text in the meme is a play on the famous line at the end of The Dark Knight where James Gordon explains to his son why Batman is running away.
The original is as follows: “Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.” The meme has a different take on this theme. Batfleck is the one we’ve got right now whether or not we like it.
19. YOU CAN BE ANYTHING
Positive psychology relates to human flourishing and what enables people to live the best life they can live. It is a reflection on what makes people happy. One’s success at anything is partially determined by their positivity. Hence, if you believe you can be anything, you certainly can be anything you want to be. However, it appears that this positive outlook doesn’t apply to Ben Affleck.
He can certainly be anything he wants, except Daredevil. He can forget about that one because it turned out to be a complete train wreck. Maybe it’s best to not mention that to Affleck and disturb his positive outlook on life. We really don’t want to be pessimists here, but you can’t be anything, and Daredevil certainly proves it.
As soon as the trailer for Batman v Superman hit the net featuring a quick shot of Robin’s costume, people began speculating what happened to the character and who would play him in potential prequels to the film. From what it looked like, it appeared as though the Joker killed Robin in a brutal attack similar to the Batman comic book storyline “A Death In The Family”. So who could play Robin?
A lot of people assumed Matt Damon would play the Boy Wonder given his publicized bromance with Ben Affleck. They were childhood friends growing up in Boston and they won an Oscar for their screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Obviously, a Batman prequel would be the perfect opportunity to pair the two on screen together, but Damon is clearly not thrilled about playing Robin. He was Jason Bourne after all. Wouldn’t that be a step down?
17. DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
Ben Affleck is quite an anomaly in the acting world in that he played three superheroes on the big screen: Batman, Superman and Daredevil. He is the only one that played all three characters. We’re guessing that you wouldn’t want to mess with someone who isn’t one superhero but three. That’s three times the superpowers and skills (We’re pretty sure that’s how the math works on this one, right?).
Although technically, he didn’t play Superman in Hollywoodland. He actually played George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s television show Adventures of Superman. Hollywoodland told a fictionalized version of the story surrounding Reeves’ mysterious death at the age of 45. So maybe he didn’t play all three superheroes, but he still got to wear all three costumes on screen, which is more than anyone else could say.
16. NEVER LOOKED SO BAD
Aside from the obvious pun that a blind person wouldn’t even know if they looked bad, the meme certainly has a point. The whole look isn’t a particularly great one. His suit reminds us of Dwight Schrute’s faded pastel couplings in The Office, which, for those of you who don’t know, isn’t a good thing at all.
He could also put a bit more effort into his haircut/style — he’s a New York City lawyer after all. He can afford a nicer suit and a better haircut. All of these shortcomings could have perhaps been forgiven (or at least mostly ignoring is the better way to put it) if the film wasn’t so terrible. But since they even screwed up the wardrobe, it seems like the people behind Daredevil couldn’t get anything right.
15. STILL GOT PAID
At the end of the day, you can’t feel to badly for Ben Affleck despite all the Sad Affleck memes regarding how Batman v Superman was completely slaughtered by the critics, because the man still got paid for his work. His net worth is reportedly $105 million so we think he can handle a critical disaster or two.
In fact, Batman v Superman was the best box office numbers of his career, as the film made $870 million worldwide during its theatrical run. And let’s be honest, chances are that he got a cut of those earnings as well, not to mention toy deals, tie-ins and all the other fanfare that surrounds these tentpole movies. Rather than worry about Sad Affleck, take a look at his grin here.
14. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
This meme refers to a scene between Daredevil and small time thug Joe Quesada. After almost getting shot in the head because he was distracted by the sound of the train (due to his hypersensitivity to noise), Daredevil subdues Quesada and throws him on the train tracks. Daredevil then tells him the following speech as a train approaches, signalling that Quesada will soon meet his end: “Hey, that light? At the end of the tunnel? Guess what? That’s not heaven… That’s the C train.”
Those who are not a fan of the writing in Daredevil will certainly find a lot of humor in this meme. How does Daredevil even see the light anyways? For all he knows, he might be on the tracks himself. Never mind that, how does he fight so well?
13. GOOD THING MY FAVORITE HERO IS BATMAN
It was February of 2003 when this guy was in his awkward phase, and he had to take portrait pictures for school. Daredevil had just come out in theaters so he decided to watch it. He was bummed to find out that Ben Affleck was pretty awful as the character. But at the end of the day, he didn’t feel too bad about the experience because at least Affleck didn’t ruin his favorite character: Batman.
Little did he know, a bit over 10 years later, his worst fears would come true: Ben Affleck was cast as Batman. That must have been a devastating blow to the young man, now in his mid to late 20s. We certainly hope he enjoyed Affleck’s take on the character.
12. NERD RAGE IS COMING
We have lost count the number of times characters have said, “Winter is coming” throughout Game of Thrones‘ run, which is a motto often used by House Stark. It means that the people should constantly be in a state of preparedness, because although things might be going well now (a spring or summer of sorts), there will always be dark times up ahead (winter). You never know what is around the corner, and life includes both joy and sorrow so it is important to remember that darkness is always around the corner.
This meme perfectly predicted the nerd rage that would take place immediately after Ben Affleck was cast as Batman. That rage was predictably pretty savage and we can clearly see that based on some of the memes found here.
11. NEVER FORGET
There are probably hundreds of memes featuring the text “Never forget,” meaning that the event in the picture is such a huge tragedy that we must never forget it. It has been such a traumatic, terrible event in our history on this planet that it is something we must tell our children and our children’s children to ensure that everyone knows about such a catastrophe in order to hopefully prevent the same kind of thing from occurring in the future.
Of course, lots of people like to apply such text to trivial events in life, like wasting two hours of your life watching Daredevil. Although maybe for some people, this meme makes perfect sense, because seeing their favorite blind lawyer turned superhero on screen turned into a nightmare for them.
10. WIL WHEATON
Wil Wheaton was certainly pretty “excited” about how he thought Ben Affleck would do as Batman. The actor is best known for starring as Gordie Lachance in Stand By Me, Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and an exaggerated version of himself in The Big Bang Theory.
9. JOHNNY DEPP CONSOLES A CHILD
No, no one went back to Neverland in this meme using stills from Finding Neverland. The reality is far worse and soul-crushing than that. Ben Affleck is the new Batman, and this preppy kid can’t handle it at all. He looks like his entire world has crumbled before his eyes, and there is nothing he can do about it.
If it weren’t for Johnny Depp on hand ready to console him, we’re not sure what this kid would have done. We’re surprised a kid that young can determine that the casting of Ben Affleck is a bad thing. Usually at that age, children aren’t particularly picky of their superhero movies. They tend to love them all because they haven’t developed their critical thinking, but this kid isn’t having it.
8. AFFLECK DIDN’T DISAPPOINT
The image in this meme of an infant squeezing his fist in triumph is everywhere. In this case, he’s satisfied with Ben Affleck’s performance as Batman. It turns out that it wasn’t disappointing in the end. He finally got around to seeing Batman v Superman despite hearing about all the terrible reviews it got for being a bloated, hyper-serious mess with no cohesive plot that relies on a lot of cheap coincidences and disrespects the idea of Superman on many levels for a lot of fans.
It didn’t sound promising at all. But at least his consolation prize was that Ben Affleck did a fantastic job as a brutal, no-nonsense Batman that isn’t afraid to kill if he deems it necessary for the greater good.
7. EVERYONE LOVES DAREDEVIL NOW
This meme comes courtesy of a clip of Ben Affleck during an interview after the release of Batman v Superman that went viral. In the clip, the interviewer asks Affleck and Henry Cavill what they think of the negative reviews the film got. Cavill happily answers the interviewer while Affleck sits in silence, looking completely miserable.
The clip is paired with “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel which only adds to the hilarity and makes Affleck look even more miserable. Thus, the Sad Affleck meme was born. The meme became an instant hit and went viral. Affleck probably felt the same way when he realized that people loved Daredevil now that he no longer plays the character. Critics and fans praised the Daredevil Netflix series.
6. AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT THINKS THIS?
This meme of Walter Sobchak (expertly played by John Goodman) cocking his gun in the bowling alley after calling out someone for cheating in The Big Lebowski has been used countless times for numerous different reasons where someone wanted to express their rage about a specific topic. In this case, they are angry about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman.
As we all know, Sobchak wasn’t the only one who thought it was a bad idea to cast Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as all the fanboys were quick to jump on the bandwagon and express their hate about the casting decision. Chances are the fanboys were so enraged that they did pull out their gun as well.
5. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
First of all, who would have ever thought a movie about Lego building blocks could be such a huge success, both critically and commercially. The Lego Movie made $470 million at the box office and holds a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What’s even more insane is the fact that a minor character in the film — Batman — was such a huge hit with fans that he got his own movie featuring his entire rogue’s gallery from the comic books.
The spinoff was once again a giant blockbuster and managed to get 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. As we can see from this meme, Batman v Superman didn’t do so well, coming in at a 29% approval. It is no wonder that Sad Affleck is miserable while Lego Batman can’t contain his laughter.
4. BATMAN’S TRAINING
No one can deny that Ben Affleck got in really good shape in Batman v Superman. The montage of him training in the film prove that he was no slouch in the gym (although we doubt that any amount of training would make a difference against Superman). However, it appears that for Justice League, Affleck took an entirely different approach to his workout regimen and diet plan.
While Batman’s co-stars Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Superman were spending hours upon hours killing it in the gym and following a strict diet, it appears that Batman’s choice of exercise included sitting in his car and his diet consisted of double patty burgers. We definitely prefer Affleck’s approach to training, but we doubt it gave any positive results.
3. TAKING CRAZY PILLS
Given the critical performance of Daredevil, it is extremely surprising that Warner Brothers decided to go with Ben Affleck as their pick for the Dark Knight himself, Batman. Luckily, Affleck did a great job with the role and brought Frank Miller’s take on the character to life. But chances are that when you first heard of the casting, you had the exact same reaction as Jacobim Mugatu (played by Will Ferrell) in Zoolander.
We all felt like we were taking crazy pills because it didn’t seem like a good fit for the grizzled character, especially given how bad Daredevil is. One would assume that the producers at Warner Brothers must have never seen that movie or they most certainly never would have cast Affleck in another superhero role.
2. DARKEST TIMELINE
Community is a sitcom that tells the story of a group of misfits attending Greendale Community College. One of the subplots involves Danny Pudi and his obsession with alternate timelines. At one point in the series, he even comes across a timeline where a lot of horrible things happen to all of his friends and he admits that it is definitely the darkest timeline. This idea mirrors the different universes present within the DC comics storylines.
Perhaps we do live in a dark timeline where Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman. Perhaps there is another timeline out there where someone else was cast, or a timeline where Batman v Superman and Justice League were critically praised. One can dream, but it’s not like we can leave this timeline anyways.
1. EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MINDS
This meme really makes you think. If you find yourself trapped in the world of celebrity culture, chances are that you are far more invested in the upcoming roles or gossip of the stars than you are serious sociopolitical catastrophes like chemical attacks in Syria. It is actually kind of sad when you think about it. At the end of the day, it is just a movie and lives aren’t a stake.
In the worst case scenario, you will sit through the film’s run time and not like it. Lives aren’t at stake. But if you take a look in the comment sections on any website, people absolutely lose their minds when they hear about a casting that they don’t approve of, and fanboys are the worst of them all.
Which of these memes did you find the funniest? Let us know in the comments!
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