Ben Affleck made his son’s superhero dreams come true for his fourth birthday by stepping back into his Batman suit for a party surprise.
Samuel turned four on Saturday and Ben and his estranged wife Jennifer Garner threw a bash for all of his friends to mark the occasion, complete with a slew of costumed superheroes.
However, knowing his father plays the Caped Crusader in the upcoming blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was only one superhero Samuel was interested in seeing.
“He wanted a superhero birthday party and so he wanted superheroes there…,” Ben explained to U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “He’s ticking off heroes, and then he’s like, ‘And I want you to do Batman. Real Batman!’
“What do you say? I was like, ‘OK…’ I had to call the (Warner Bros.) studio and say, ‘Is there any chance someone has my costume lying around? The cowl and the whole thing? It’s just for a personal thing…’
Studio bosses granted Ben’s request, but the actor admits he had to sign all sorts of liability agreements to ensure the suit was returned in one piece.
“I had to sign away this whole guarantee I wasn’t gonna use it for evil intent or ruin it or anything,” he smiled. “They trust me for the movie, but not for a four-year-old’s birthday. So I signed my life away, I get the costume and the other superheroes are all there, and they have bits (lines) all worked out; they were a little put off (by Affleck’s movie outfit).”
The doting father-of-three reveals he was happy to put on his “scary face” and voice for the kids, but he forgot their parents would all be in attendance, and they found his full get-up rather amusing.
“There was Wonder Woman, there was Superman, there was Captain America, Iron Man, and there was me!” he laughed. “So I have to put on my outfit from this movie, and put on my scary face for these four-year-olds and all their folks are there… It’s 11 in the morning and they’re like, ‘Wow, Batman…!'”
Ben and Jennifer, who announced their split last June, are also parents to daughters Violet, 10, and Seraphina, seven.