Matt Damon Backs His Friend Ben Affleck's Batman Decision

On a philanthropic visit to India, actor Matt Damon can't escape the Batfleck frenzy when interviewed by international media. "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!"

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By Mark Julian - 8/27/2013
Matt Damon Ben Affleck Batfleck RobinActor Matt Damon chimes in on his good friend Ben Affleck's decision to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, stating, "I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny." He continued, "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."

When jokingly asked if Damon would play Robin in Batman vs Superman, Damon replied in good humor, "I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually (of Matt's 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."

Damon also touched on the recent Bourne rumors. While not confirming a return to the franchise, Matt did voice support for Jeremy Renner's take. "They were just trying to revitalise that franchise and I didn't mind at all. 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."

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Mike89 - 8/27/2013, 1:24 PM
MarkJulian - 8/27/2013, 1:28 PM
Surprised Damon didn't say, "No, I won't be Robin, but I have entered talks about Aquaman." ;)
Mike89 - 8/27/2013, 1:28 PM
LEVITIKUZ

how about no photo:  How_About_No.jpg
JoeMomma29 - 8/27/2013, 1:30 PM
DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Tony93 - 8/27/2013, 1:31 PM
ISupportBatfleck
Knightrider - 8/27/2013, 1:31 PM
Please comeback to the Bourne franchise.

I really did not like the most recent one...I just found it dull, and the final action sequence just felt added as they hadn't done anything for 2 hours. That said I think Renner was a good choice.

In a way I'm surprised they don't go Bond with it and just have different actors play Bourne.

Some people might say: Matt Damon nailed Bourne, but so did Sean Connery and it's turned out alright for Bond.
MarkV - 8/27/2013, 1:32 PM
Damon is box office poison.
JoeMomma29 - 8/27/2013, 1:32 PM
For Gusto!

MarkV - 8/27/2013, 1:32 PM
Yes, I too, support the Batfleck.
Knightrider - 8/27/2013, 1:33 PM
@Lev Well seeing as they aren't Batman, I'd say give two face to Brolin
MrCBM56 - 8/27/2013, 1:33 PM
In all honestly though, I prefer Damon as Batman/Bruce Wayne. But I still can't wait for affleks performance. He'll own it.
KingLeonidas - 8/27/2013, 1:34 PM
In a very subtle way, Matt Damon just bitched about Ben Affleck's limited acting abilities. If you read between the lines you will see it.
ABH1979 - 8/27/2013, 1:35 PM


GuardianAngel - 8/27/2013, 1:35 PM
"Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people."

GTFO

I sure as hell hope that's not how Ben looks at it.
Mephisto - 8/27/2013, 1:35 PM
I still want Damon as Aquaman. I'm dead serious. Just give him the beard of manliness, and he's set. That, and orange spandex.
FightAs0ne - 8/27/2013, 1:36 PM
Everyone wants Bryan Cranston for Lex. He's almost in his sixties, but think about this. Have you forgotten about Lionel Luthor?



Wouldn't Cranston be much better as Lionel? Think of the character on Smallville especially. Say what you will about the show, but he was great.
highflyer - 8/27/2013, 1:37 PM
On affleck's side all the way.
TheAbomination - 8/27/2013, 1:37 PM
Ben Affleck's friend would support Ben Affleck on this casting news.
RorMachine - 8/27/2013, 1:38 PM
"You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman!"

Stopped reading.
armesin - 8/27/2013, 1:38 PM
Matt Damon for Nightwing!!!
fettastic - 8/27/2013, 1:38 PM
I've always like Damon......until now.

So lemme get this straight......Batman is a simple character who just growls and has no subtext or nuance?

Can we please immediately drop all talk of Damon EVER playing a superhero?

[frick] HIS LIFE!
Jollem - 8/27/2013, 1:38 PM
damon is correct. can't wait to see him in the Zero Theorem

affleck will own this. snyder and co. will crush it
DudeGuyMan - 8/27/2013, 1:39 PM
Matt Damon's word is law.

Mike89 - 8/27/2013, 1:39 PM
FightAs0ne

It could work as a way to introduce some backstory on Lex. But id rather have Lex as the head of Lexcorp established and around the same age as Henry Cavill.
fettastic - 8/27/2013, 1:40 PM
..Although i do kinda like how Damon said "Good thing it's not King Lear because he would TOTALLY [frick] THAT UP!"
MarkV - 8/27/2013, 1:40 PM
Woah..."Certainly within his skill set."

Kind of a dick thing to say.
JoeMomma29 - 8/27/2013, 1:41 PM
Hmmm I could see Mr. Damon as Aquaman or Flash.
fettastic - 8/27/2013, 1:42 PM
@MarkV, yup, he just said that Affleck has a very limited skill set, and whispering in a gruff voice is within it.
Jollem - 8/27/2013, 1:43 PM
it doesn't seem to me that he is really putting anything down. that's just his take on it. i'm assuming he's not extremely well-versed in the whatnots
samster10001 - 8/27/2013, 1:44 PM
That's the whole problem isn't it. Depending on the suit and his physical presence Affleck may pull off the batman look the same way val kilmer and keaton did but ill never see him as a Bruce Wayne. He just dosent look like he can pull it off. Plus, that big [frick]in head of his and that silly sideways smirk are too much a part of Affleck. Also his whiny bitch voice. I don't see affleck pulling it off as Wayne. As a matter of fact I take it back hell suck as batman as well.

ABH1979 - 8/27/2013, 1:44 PM
"lol, it's just Batman..."

Kevin Conroy always compared Batman/Bruce Wayne to Hamlet -- in fact, it's what drew him to the character.

Mephisto - 8/27/2013, 1:46 PM
@LEVITIKUZ No, I do respect your opinion, it's just that people aren't happy with how he thinks Batman is just some guy in a halloween costume whispering in a gruff voice with no nuance.
fettastic - 8/27/2013, 1:46 PM
Wait....who said "[frick] Matt Damon for defending Ben Affleck"? I'm not seeing anything like that. In fact he's getting a lot of praise in here.
BlueDemon - 8/27/2013, 1:47 PM
"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"
I don't like your tone Matt Damon! Shut your mouth...but I gotta give credit where credit is due. You were the bomb in Elysium yo!!!
FightAs0ne - 8/27/2013, 1:47 PM
@Mike89

I'd take both. I'd like to see the father son relationship between them more explored on the big screen. Lionel's nature vs. Lex's nature. See how they contrast and differ. Maybe even have Lionel like Superman, and Lex being against him.
fettastic - 8/27/2013, 1:49 PM
I've been rewatching all the Smallville's. I watch an episode or 2 before bed each night. I'm halfway through season 3 and the show still [frick]ing rocks all these years later.
SageMode - 8/27/2013, 1:50 PM
Matt Damon defending his best friend being cast in a role....how surprising.

Its obvious Damon doesn't know anything about how mutli-layered Batman is as a character. Smh.
Bayoknight - 8/27/2013, 1:52 PM
Guys the last major role Ben Affleck reprise is in Limbo...who remembers Sum of all fears-Jack ryan
SamM - 8/27/2013, 1:52 PM
Easy there Robin
BlueDemon - 8/27/2013, 1:53 PM
@KingLeonidas- LOL!
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