Only Ben Affleck Could Plug Batman V Superman While Testifying Before Congress

Ben Affleck knows how to sell a movie… even one that doesn’t have to be sold. The Oscar-winning director and A-list star found himself speaking before Congress, but took the time to make sure they all knew about his upcoming role as the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- because wouldn’t you, if you could?

Ben Affleck testified before Congress on Thursday, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Garner, and Bill Gates – of all people. He was speaking on behalf of his Eastern Congo Initiative, according to the Boston Herald, where he pleaded for assistance in Africa. But in the process, game recognized game when Bat-fleck called out Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a fellow Batman co-star in his own right. Said Affleck:

I would be remiss not to recognize my co-star in Batman. Your role was marginally smaller than mine, but I understand you are quite good.

Affleck might have been referencing Leahy’s turn in three separate Batman films, most notably standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight! We’re not intimidated by thugs, indeed:

In calling out Senator Leahy, though, Ben Affleck might have tipped his hand to the fact that the man will appear in Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster, which makes sense. We have been hearing that there will be subplots in Dawn of Justice that flow through Washington, D.C., as our nation – and our government – tries to figure out how best to handle this alien (Henry Cavill) who now lives among us. Do we trust Superman? Early reports suggest that the citizens of our great planet do not. Is this how Batman will factor in to the team-up movie?

After appearing on Capitol Hill, Affleck took to his Instagram page to continue lobbying for support for HEAL Africa and Panzi Hospital. Be a real hero and donate what you can to support the actor’s efforts in Africa.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, meanwhile, hammers its way into theaters on March 25, 2016.

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.