A global celebration is officially in order, as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck has confirmed that his controversially horrendous back tattoo is indeed fake. Affleck, pictured above possibly pondering what life might have been had he instead chosen to get a real back tattoo, told Extra during a recent interview that the publicly maligned awfulness was only for a forthcoming role.

"I actually do have a number of tattoos," Affleck told Mario Lopez when discussing the would-be ink. "I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover-up." According to Affleck, getting tattoos is "sort of addictive" and that egregiously bad back tattoo was definitely "fake." As for the flabbergasting awfulness of that rising phoenix back piece, it's believed to pop up in the forthcoming Live by Night for reasons not entirely clear.

As previously reported, this abomination of the art of tattooing inspired public ire from not one but two of Affleck's former partners: Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner, respectively. "It’s awful!" Lopez told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live at the top of the month. "I would tell him that. I would tell him, 'What are you doing?'"


"You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart,'" Garner told Vanity Fair during a lengthy discussion about the couple's recent divorce. "A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes." Thankfully, that umbrage was also taken by the hands of fate, ensuring the irreversible fakeness of Affleck's barf-tastic back tattoo in an effort to protect future generations from its visual wrath.