Ladies, ladies, ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzzzeeouse! That’s right, in this age of never-ending franchises and reboots, director Kevin Smith and his hetero-lifemate Jason Mewes are returning to the characters that made them famous. Ahead of his traditional Hall H panel, Kevin Smith released the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer revealing the cameo-filled lunacy awaiting fans in this next chapter. There are a lot of famous faces in the trailer. Melissa Benoist, Chris Hemsworth, Tommy Chong, Val Kilmer, and Joe Manganiello all make brief appearances. Stars who’ve worked with Smith before like Shannon Elizabeth, Justin Long, Jason Lee, Rosario Dawson, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck (the bomb in Phantoms, yo) also show up. Smith long promised that this film is a love-letter to the original cinematic shared universe.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Trailer Brings Back the ViewAskewinverse
Long before Nick Fury showed up in Tony Stark’s apartment or Stark talked to Thunderbolt Ross about his Hulk problem, Kevin Smith created a shared universe for his films. Called “The View Askewinverse” after his production company, View Askew, Smith himself said he “stole” the idea from the Marvel comics. He loved how Daredevil would pop up in Spider-Man or how the Avengers would run into the X-Men in Marvel comics. So, characters from one movie, like Clerks, would show up in others, like Chasing Amy. It made his silly stoner movies full of dick jokes feel somehow bigger than they were. As the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer shows, this may be the most inter-connected one he’s ever done.
Smith notoriously tells honest stories about his celebrity friends, which got him in some trouble with Ben Affleck. When Affleck ended up with the role in Batman, people asked Smith about it because Smith cast him in his early films. (Smith also helped Good Will Hunting get made.) Smith revealed the two hadn’t spoken in years, leading fans to think their rift was permanent. So, the most surprising cameo in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer is a brief appearance of Affleck playing his Chasing Amy character Holden McNeill. Perhaps that has something to do with the heart-attack that Smith survived in February of 2018.
On his many podcasts, Smith talked about how surviving the heart attack invigorated him to make this film. Seemingly disillusioned with filmmaking, Smith spent most of his time doing live appearances and recording podcasts. On one of those podcasts, Fatman Beyond, he jokes that almost every actor who showed up for the new film mentioned that they were glad he survived. Sadly, a man who loved Smith like a son, Stan Lee, was unable to film what Smith described as a substantial role in the feature. While there will definitely be a tribute to the comics giant in the film, Lee does make a final cameo in Mewes’s new film Madness in the Method.
A Return to Form for Smith?
Kevin Smith’s early, independent film work drew from his real-life experiences. This is why this film and 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back so focused on the world of Hollywood. After a brief foray into horror with Red State and Tusk, and absurdist comedy with Yoga Hosers, this film may mark a return to form for Smith. An avowed fanatic for superheroes and comic book movies, it will be interesting to see what commentary this film makes about Tinsel Town’s fascination with franchise reboots.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.