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Damon: Affleck Will Be ‘Great’ as Batman, But ‘It’s Safe to Say I Won’t Be Robin’

Matt Damon

Matt Damon doesn’t understand all the nerdrage about the casting of his longtime friend Ben Affleck as Batman in Warner Bros.’ sequel to the Man of Steel.

“I think it will be great,” the actor told The Times of India while touring the facilities of, the organization he co-founded. “It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”

batfleck and damonAlthough photos have circulated online humorously depicting Damon as Robin alongside Affleck’s Batman, the actor laughed off any suggestion he might suit up with his Good Will Hunting collaborator.

“I am a little older than Ben,” Damon pointed out. “I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually [of my face Photoshopped on Robin’s body and Ben’s on Batman’s]. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”

He also talked about The Bourne Legacy, the Universal Pictures franchise spinoff starring Jeremy Renner, saying he holds no ill will against the movie or those involved.

“They were just trying to revitalize that franchise and I didn’t mind at all,” he said. “It didn’t have anything to do with the movie that I made. It makes sense for a studio to keep those franchises as alive as they can, it makes business sense for them. I don’t begrudge anybody that. I am a huge fan of Jeremy. I don’t equate my Bourne movie with his. He didn’t play the part of Jason Bourne. It’s a totally different thing.”

Damon is rumored to be in talks with the studio to re-team with writer/director Paul Greengrass on a fourth Bourne movie.


  • mdksun

    “Oh my god! I have to be Batman in 20 minutes! Ahem… I’m BatMAN… I’M Batman… I’m BATman… got it!”

  • dekko

    Not Robin – but a cameo as Gordon?? Damon could totally do that! (throw him in some glasses and a ‘stache – it would totally work)

  • Kerwin

    wow…that’s an actual amazing idea….

  • Woody

    I can’t wait to see Affleck as Batman, I still feel Cranston should play Gordon in this movie, I’d like to see them make reference to the Joker, maybe Batman can say the famous “I work alone” and make reference to the Jason Todd Story that could be adapted into a solo Batman movie.
    I just hope they do the Justice League right, We need a Flash movie with Green Arrow , a Wonderwomen movie with Aquaman , I wouldn’t mind keeping the Green Lantern movie either as long as they change the cgi costume I think Ryan Reynalds and Mark Strong were good in the movie, unfortunately the movie just sucked why did he fight that cloud again? maybe have a little easter egg at the end of the Supe/Bat movie of Sinestro talking to Lex Luthor, like the after credits which Marvels Avengers movies have so wonderfully perfected.

  • PietroMaximoff

    now i hate Damon too, because of his description of Batman.
    really? dimwit

  • Happily LS

    Ditto, he would totally make a great Gordon, somehow. Odd because it’s not like anything he’s done, but I can just see him in it.

  • Happily LS

    Damon gets a pass from me; he’s just defending his best friend. His idiot best friend.