Kevin Smith's Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will feature three different Batman actors; here's who they are and where they played the Caped Crusader before. Arriving 18 years after Jay and his hetero life-mate, Silent Bob, first went to Hollywood to try and stop a Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made (spoiler, they failed), the duo must now halt production on that film's inevitable reboot.
Originally, Smith was to share the first trailer for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot during his Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but the director must have been antsy, because the trailer dropped two days earlier than expected. If anything, though, the surprise reveal of the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot trailer only helps the upcoming View Askewniverse film, building buzz around the film just as the biggest pop culture event of the year kicked off. Smith shared a poster for the movie's Bluntman and Chronic reboot as well, using it to not only tease his upcoming film but poke fun at the superhero movie industry that was on full display at Comic-Con.
The Bluntman and Chronic poster also reveals that in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, the role of Chronic is played by Supergirl's Melissa Benoist. Smith is a frequent director on the CW show, so him getting Benoist on board isn't too surprising. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back also included a real who's who of cameo appearances, with Smith calling on all his most famous friends, like George Carlin, Mark Hamill, and Alanis Morissette. Jay & Silent Bob Reboot will be no different, with the trailer already revealing several high profile stars who'll appear in the film. And unsurprisingly, given Smith's love of the Dark Knight, three of the actors appearing in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot have previously played Batman. Here's who they are:
Alongside Benoist as the new Chronic, the role of Bluntman in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is being played by Val Kilmer. He has previously suited up as Batman in 1995's Batman Forever, the first of Joel Shumacher's two Batman films. Following Tim Burton's Batman Returns, Batman Forever has a brighter, more family-friendly tone, drawing inspiration from the 1960s Batman TV series rather than contemporary comics. It'll be interesting to see, then, what sort of Bluntman Kilmer is playing. This Bluntman and Chronic reboot is clearly riffing off the recent trend of grittier, darker superhero movies - and Batman V Superman, specifically - and it may be that Kilmer's Bluntman is a more serious take on the character in that vein.
Speaking of Batman V Superman, Ben Affleck may not be returning in any cape or cowl for Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, but he is reprising his role as Holden McNeil, co-creator of Bluntman and Chronic. The reveal of Affleck in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot's trailer is a pleasant surprise for fans considering that Affleck and Smith haven't been on speaking term for some years now. However, as Smith explained not long after the trailer's debut, Affleck's recent comments that he'd be open to appearing in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot if asked gave Smith the opportunity to mend bridges. Affleck has previously appeared in View Askewniverse films - Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II - and he has played Batman in both Batman V Superman and Justice League along with a cameo in Suicide Squad.
Jay & Silent Bob Reboot's final Batman actor doesn't appear in the trailer, but that's all right because he's never actually appeared on screen a Batman, either. Soon after the release of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot's trailer, Diedrich Bader announced that he is also in the film. Previously, Bader played a Miramax security guard in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, so it's possible he's returning to that same role for the sequel. As for his Batman credentials, Bader voiced the Caped Crusader in the animated series, Batman: The Brave and The Bold.
- Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) release date: Oct 15, 2019