On his YouTube series After Hours, MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz enlists A-list celebrities to lampoon their own industry. Whether it’s Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain throwing a really weird party or James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe getting competitive at pub trivia, Horowitz gets celebrities to play heightened versions of themselves in bizarre situations. And his latest After Hours sketch sees Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck get super awkward about superheroes.
In real life, of course, Kendrick is actually gunning for Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, but in this sketch Kendrick sees herself more as a Robin, or—why not?—even a Batman. She hijacks a press junket for their movie The Accountant to try to sell Affleck on casting her in the upcoming Batman film he’s directing. Things go off the rails from there as Kendrick breaks out her homemade Robin cosplay and tries to turn her desire to play Batman into a feminist stance. But its Affleck who gets the last laugh. Having played the straight man for most of the sketch, he puts his comedic deadpan skills to good use as he reveals that Kendrick isn’t the only one with a Hollywood dream that never came true.