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Aaron Hubbard


Sorry for the click-bait title but that seems the popular thing these days on this website. If you don't believe me you should check out "Rick's" article titled:

REVEALED: Ben Affleck's Batman Is the Biggest Plot Twist Since Darth Vader as Anakin Skywalker!

Now if you don't want to read the article, I'll give you a bit of a rundown of what RIck's 15-Chapter "THESIS" was trying to cover:

  • Batman is actually Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke.
  • Joker is actually John Blake (see it spells "joke" so it must be a hint) from The Dark Knight Rises.
  • The events in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy is canon in DCEU except for 1) Bane was never killed by Catwoman and 2) Talia al Ghul's involvement never happened.
  • The Slade Wilson Batman we see fighting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is actually fighting against Bizarro Superman.
  • Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) will show up by the end of the film with a "meta-human army" who will fight alongside of Slade and thus the Justice League is formed.

As you can see from the list above that's a lot of ridiculous information and back story to try to fit into a movie even if it's a two-and-a-half-hour to three-hour film.

Mind you, we don't actually get any solid research, instead we get pictures of photographed Comic Con toys and promo pics of DC animated cartoons like Teen Titans Go!. Reasons for this absurd theory even go so far as to say that the fact that we don't hear Ben Affleck referred to as "Bruce Wayne" or even Jeremy Iron's referred to as "Alfred" is just one of many speculations why his theory is correct (in his mind).

What else was funny was the fact that he said another hint was in the title itself: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The "v" in this case actually the roman numeral for the number "5". He reasons it out like this:

  • I - Batman Begins (2005)
  • II - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • III - The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • IV - Man of Steel (2013)...yes, Zack Snyder's SUPERMAN movie is in fact "Batman 4"
  • V - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Yup, Man of Steel is "Batman 4"
Yup, Man of Steel is "Batman 4"

This article, despite its ridiculous claims would have been fine with me if it had been delivered for what it was which was a "fan-theory" but this guy was claiming to have an "inside-scoop" and was saying that these were "facts" and was claiming that what he was doing was "journalism" (NOTE: we. on MoviePilot, are not journalists; we are bloggers and fans who are just having fun as we anticipate these amazing upcoming films).

MoviePilot itself has become a laughing-stock web-wide due to this ridiculous "Contributor's" article. The fact that it was placed on the front and center on the homepage for several days was shameful. But it got 1,365,314 views so why not place it front and center?! The web was reporting this news on sites like,,, newsarama,, and even going so far as to being reported on Huffington Post's website!

Bad Publicity
Bad Publicity

They say there's no such thing as "bad publicity" but this was definitely bad publicity for MoviePilot as we have now become the laughing stock all across the web. Youtubers, and official websites with actual journalists are ridiculing us. If I may say so, MoviePilot needs to put something on the homepage where visitors can see that this is a website for and by the fans and that there is no actual journalism taking place unless of course there happens to be a rare moment of someone attending a Red Carpet premiere or getting an exclusive interview which does happen from time-to-time and that's great. But, MoviePilot, please police the articles a little better and make sure they aren't creating click-bait articles.

Does this look like where official news is reported
Does this look like where official news is reported

Another reason a policing of articles, especially Rick's, is because he's not even a real "Contributor". Yes, he "contributed his crap "thesis" to our website but he was doing it by shamefully plugging a link to his real website (where he is the editor by the way) located here: TotalSpoiler

Look, I don't claim to be the best writer because I know that I'm not. I try my best, but sometimes I forget to proof-read something or one of my theories ends up being wrong, but I'm not claiming to have an inside scoop, I'm not false-advertising or click-baiting to get more views. I'm just on here to have fun but I still take my writing seriously. How can anybody else take my writing seriously if they don't even take the website seriously?

But I honestly didn't mean to carry on about everything I just did above, I was honestly just wanting to create a quick post with the official "debunk" of Rick's ridiculous theory.

The Debunk

Previous Batman actor, Christian Bale was interviewed by E! Online and was asked to share his thoughts on Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and here's what he has to say:

“I'm not thinking anything. I'm sort of totally oblivious to it—I've removed myself but, um, you know, yeah, I mean, great...I'm happy to have to done it and I'm happy to see what someone else does with it."

So obviously "removing" himself from something like the Batman role means pretty much one thing: Christian Bale is no longer Batman.

What I imagine Bale did when he heard this rumor...
What I imagine Bale did when he heard this rumor...

But, if Rick and his supporters want to continue on with this ridiculous theory, well I have another quote from Christian Bale in a separate article where he was interviewed by Yahoo! where he made the following statement about Rick's theory (yes, Christian Bale heard about Rick's theory, probably through MoviePilot, and now Christian Bale probably has lost a significant amount of respect for us):

“I haven’t heard that. This is the first I’ve heard of it. I think it’s pretty clear that Ben [Affleck] is playing Batman now.” Shortly after, he added. “No, it’s not happening.”


There you have it. If there was ever any question in your mind if Rick's theory was correct, it's been officially debunked by Batman himself, Christian Bale.

If I have to spell it out:

Ben Affleck is Bruce Wayne/Batman

Feel free to leave your thoughts on Rick's ridiculous article and theory in the comments section below as well as sharing your very strong opinions!

NOTE: I love writing for MoviePilot, it's why I'm still on here. But there's a definite need for the site to improve in some areas.



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