Ben Affleck Might Play a Dark, Gritty Bluntman in 'Jay & Silent Bob Reboot'

Is Ben Affleck about to spoof himself in Kevin Smith's next movie?

Kevin Smith is going back to his View Askewniverse this year, and he may bring a very old friend. On social media, former Batman actor Ben Affleck may have teased his role in Smith’s parody of dark superhero reboots in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, which will premiere its trailer at San Diego Comic-Con.

On Tuesday, director Kevin Smith shared on Instagram and Twitter concept art for Bluntman and Chronic, the fictional movie-within-a-movie that, in Smith’s universe, is a dark reboot of the 2001 superhero film that starred James Van Der Beek and Jason Biggs. In his long Instagram caption, Smith revealed the trailer for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will debut at Comic-Con on Saturday night (July 20), along with a “scene” from the fictional Bluntman and Chronic movie.

The new actor for Bluntman has yet to be revealed, but could be Ben Affleck. On Wednesday, several hours after Smith’s tweet, Ben Affleck replied to Smith, “Snoochie boochies,” a catchphrase from Smith’s films.

Given the obvious allusions to the DC franchise in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, including the very DCEU-esque costumes of Bluntman and Chronic, one has to wonder: Is Ben Affleck starring in the movie as a parody of his Batman, Bluntman? One only need to look at the extremely Batman v Superman-inspired Bluntman to think it’s not far-fetched.

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This weekend at @comic_con, we’ll be debuting the @jayandsilentbob Reboot trailer during my Saturday night Hall H panel (right after the @marvelstudios panel)! It’ll go out to the world soon after, so folks are going to see much more of the cast, plot and in-movie artwork. So in anticipation, I’ll be sharing images from #jayandsilentbobreboot that I haven’t made public yet. Like this faux movie artwork upon which our plot turns. In the new adventure, #jayandsilentbob find out the old #bluntmanandchronic movie that was based on them is getting a Reboot - so they go back to Hollywood to stop it all over again! But as with any Reboot, the source material has been modernized - so the rebooted Bluntman movie (the reboot of the movie that starred @biggsjason and @vanderjames) now features a female Chronic! I won’t spoil who plays the new Bluntman and Chronic (it’s in the trailer), so I’ll take some guesses instead: Who’s Behind the Masks? When the trailer drops this weekend, you’ll get to see if you were right. But if you’re at Saturday night’s “Kevin Smith Reboots Hall H” panel, you’ll not only see the Reboot trailer: I’m gonna show you the #Bluntman movie-in-a-movie scene too! I can’t wait to start sharing this epic! It’s my all-time favorite of all my flicks and also a meta scrapbook of my entire career (and life) that sequelizes all the #viewaskew movies in one sprawling story! (NOTE: Reboot comes out in the Fall. The B&C poster says “Summer” because that’s when it comes out in the #viewaskewniverse.) Art by #marianodiaz! #KevinSmith #comiccon #hallh #reboot #jayandsilentbob #viewaskewniverse

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In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, out in theaters this fall, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) re-embark on their journey to L.A. to stop production of a reboot of Bluntman and Chronic, the same superhero movie they tried to stop in 2001’s Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. As established in the 1996 rom-com Chasing Amy (which starred Affleck as Holden, a comic book writer), Bluntman and Chronic are riffs on Jay and Silent Bob, who are owed royalty checks for their likenesses that studios keep refusing to pay.

In addition to Affleck potentially poking fun at his own career, it’s the possible reconnection between Affleck and Smith that remains intriguing. After starring in Smith’s movies, including Chasing Amy (1996), Dogma (1999), and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), the two had a personal falling out that Smith attributed to his own “big mouth”. Directing Jersey Girl (2004) probably also didn’t help.

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Ben Affleck's tweet at Kevin Smith. The two have not publicly spoken to one another in years.

The two allegedly have not spoken in years; when Smith survived a near fatal heart attack in February 2018, Smith said Affleck never reached out to him. This one-way tweet exchange between Affleck and Smith (Smith has yet to acknowledge Affleck’s tweet) is the first interaction the two figures have had, at least in public.

Meanwhile, Smith has confirmed the actor of the rebooted Chronic: Melissa Benoist, another DC actor who stars in The CW’s Supergirl, will appear in the film as Chronic. Smith has directed several episodes of The CW series and, based on social media posts, maintains a close friendship with the cast.

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IT’S A (SUPER) GIRL! The majority of you guessed correctly: @melissabenoist, one of my favorite actresses in the world, indeed takes on the mantle of Chronic in our rebooted #bluntmanandchronic movie within @jayandsilentbob Reboot! (And we gave her some pants *before* the good folks at @supergirlcw!) I have loved working with Me-Me since I “directed” her in my first ep, #supergirllives. Number One on the call sheet sets the tone for the rest of production - and if that Number One is a tool, the set is a miserable place to be. But Melissa is the most exemplary and gracious Number One I ever met. She’s incredibly kind to EVERYONE in the cast and crew and she never complains about the long-ass hours, even when she’s hanging from ropes high above the ground. Then she opens up her mouth to act and you realize she’s that rare complete package in this business: true talent and true warmth. Some actors and actresses have a “process” that can be disruptive or alienating. Melissa doesn’t have to imposition anyone to be good at her job: she’s a natural. So naturally, two years ago, I asked her to be in #jayandsilentbobreboot. Melissa was the first person I asked to be in the flick (aside from @jaymewes and @harleyquinnsmith) and though it took a minute to get to the set, when we rolled cameras, she was Charm City! I saw her in the trailer in costume before we started shooting and the Last Daughter of Krypton gushed “When you asked me to be in the movie, you didn’t tell me I get to wear a cool costume too!” God, I love this kid - she’s the absolute light of the world. (And since her boyfriend is also *my* boyfriend, you might keep an eye out for a @christophrwood cameo too!) You’ll see Melissa’s Chronic and the finished #bluntcave in the #jayandsilentbobreboot trailer when it drops this weekend in Hall H at @comic_con! But until then, check the third pic to see a cameo of an infamous web portal last seen in #jayandsilentbobstrikeback! #KevinSmith #MelissaBenoist #supergirl #cw #arrowverse #JasonMewes #jaymewes #comiccon

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Whether or not Affleck and Benoist are actually playing superhero parodies of themselves in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, one thing is for sure: Affleck will still have been the bomb in Phantoms.

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