When the latest highly anticipated superhero film Batman v. Superman hits theaters next week, Ben Affleck’s Batman-fan son will not be able to head to theaters to take in the flick with the rest of the world.
Affleck spoke on the matter of his 4-year-old-son, Samuel, seeing the film during an interview, as the Associated Press shares.
“Four years old is a little young to see this whole movie. I don’t want him to have nightmares.”
Interestingly enough, it was for his children that Ben took on the role of Batman. The actor even went so far as to dress up as the dark knight for a themed birthday party thrown for Samuel and paid the Fed-Ex delivery man a bit of extra cash to stage a fake brawl because Samuel was convinced he was the Joker. Clearly, his children were thrilled when their own dad actually became Batman on the big screen.
Affleck relays that his son has seen trailers and clips for the movie ahead of the release and when it comes down to it, those two-minute clips “are his entire attention span anyway.”
The publication goes on to note Ben’s rules for the other kids.
“Affleck said at the very least, his oldest daughter, Violet, 10, can see the PG-13 rated film. In addition to Violet and Samuel,. As for Samuel, Affleck said he’ll be able to see some of ‘Batman v Superman’ soon, even if it’s chopped up.”
Affleck is working on a solution to making a version that his Batman-enthusiast son can watch without being terrified.
“I’ll have to con one of the editors into giving me a truncated version of the movie without some of the scarier stuff.”
As to Ben’s take on the anticipated film, the Telegraph got the scoop right from the mouth of the star, who sees films such as Batman v Superman as a type of escapist film for people experiencing hardships in a world that has a lot of darkness these days, due to terrorism and violence.
“There is an aspect of helplessness that people relate to, the idea that the world is terribly scary with the spread of terrorism and the dangers of today’s technology. So I think these films are about wish fulfillment, providing us with a fantasy world to escape into and to make us feel safe.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner share 3 children together, Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7 and Samuel, 4. The two called it quits in June of 2015 after nearly a 10 year marriage. The split was followed by talk of infidelity on Ben’s part with the couple’s former nanny, yet this story has never been confirmed, and as Jen shared in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the nanny scandal broke months after the two had decided to separate and was in no way the reason for the split.
Rumors continue to make the rounds the Jen and Ben are set on reconciling, and making their marriage permanent once more. This, however, has been waved off by Jen, and it’s been reported that the two spend time in each other’s company for the sake of their children.
Another thing that thankfully isn’t permanent is the massive back tattoo that Affleck has recently been seen with. TMZ shares that the thought-to-be permanent ink that overtook the actor’s back and pictured a Phoenix rising from the ashes, is not sticking around as it was only a temporary bit of ink for a recent role Ben was taking on.
Affleck spoke with Extra about the tattoo and stated that the Phoenix back tat is for a movie role, and comes off easy. When asked about the tattoo, before it was shared with the media that it was fake, Jennifer Garner was sympathetic with her ex saying “Bless his heart.” Ben’s ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez was a bit more judgmental of the tattoo, and called it “awful.”
Ben admits that he does actually have permanent tattoos but that they are in “strategic places” so not to be too obvious.
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