It’s safe to say that Ben Affleck’s turn as the caped crusader in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not exactly met with universal acclaim by fans.
It probably didn’t help that the film itself was widely considered overly-long and messy - although it’s worth pointing out that it was a box office success, netting $873 million from a $300 million budget - but Affleck and co-star Henry Cavill nonetheless managed to ‘triumph’ at the Golden Raspberries, as they both walked away with Worst Actor awards.
Affleck reprised the role in the recent Justice League movie but the future of Affleck as Batman has been the subject of much speculation, although he is still due to star in The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, which is expected to begin production in 2018 - he was originally supposed to write, direct, and produce the film, but stepped down from these roles.
And now, to add insult to injury, an old Trivial Pursuit question from 2008 has hit hard. Real hard.
By 2008, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Adam West had all played Batman, and it seems the makers of Trivial Pursuit were confident enough that Affleck would never be given the role to include him as the correct answer.
How wrong they were.
This obviously their fault. They gave some shmuck the idea and now Batman sucks.— Prerna Pickett (@prernapickett) December 4, 2017
I warn people all the time about "putting it out there in the universe".— StandingGlendaOnly (@GlendaLeslie) December 4, 2017
NOW look what Trivial Pursuit has done!
Naturally, someone decided to mansplain the joke.
The correct answer is Ben Affleck as he should never have been cast as Batman after Daredevil bombed so badly.— Joe Lefoe (@JoeLefoe) December 4, 2017
While others decided to use the opportunity to alter the passage of Bat-history.
It's acceptable to disavow Clooney over the bat nipples issue.— Jerry Bianco (@JerryBianco) December 4, 2017
But one person saw that everyone else had missed the real meaning of the question. And this person is correct.
it says "been" and not "played."— the.effing.librarian (@effinglibrarian) December 4, 2017
so the only answer is "everyone who is not Adam West"
However, it turns out that this was not the only quiz game which unerringly predicted the future:
It was left to this Twitter user to reveal the true, actual answer though:
I'll tell you who isn't Batman - billionaire wastrel playboy Bruce Wayne. I read it in a Daily Planet editorial by that nice Ms Lane.— Doubtful Guest (@theletterzed) December 4, 2017