Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck Batman Casting

Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck Batman Casting

The actor rules out a stint as the Dark Knight's sidekick Robin

Matt Damon has a message to comic book fans who are distraught over the surprise casting of his "Good Will Hunting" pal Ben Affleck as Batman. Relax, he's got this one covered.

"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," Damon told the Times of India. "You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman! Certainly within his skill set."

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Affleck's decision to follow the Bat signal and team up with Henry Cavill in a big screen blockbuster that will find Bruce Wayne's alter-ego sharing the screen with Superman has set off a wave of online protests. More than 80,000 have signed a petition on Change.org asking for the role to be recast while others have taken to social media platforms like Twitter to voice their displeasure.

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Although Damon expressed enthusiasm for Affleck's casting, he indicated that the part pales in comparison to his recent work.

"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!" Damon said. "Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people."

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He's also ruling out a reunion that would find the 42-year old Damon playing a certain boy wonder.

"I am a little older than Ben," Damon said. "I never saw Robin as older than Batman."

  • Maha

    “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!” Damon said. “Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people.”

    Gee, thanks Damon. Now I'm really convinced he'll be great as Batman because you have this wonderful take on how to play him so easily. /sarcasm

    • Janet Sage

      Totally agree,with Matt so awesome always as in Elysium. You and Ben are my Superheroes for so MANY good,sane reasons – like you are both great,handsome,sexy,talented geniuses and great family men to boot.Many young people love you but seniors too like myself over 60,a Phi Beta Kappa ,and the author of 2011's RISE ABOVE now available through me on Facebook and AmazonandBarnesandnoble.com. Ben will be great as ALWAYS. I am totally psyched for this movie and will certainly now upgrade to Blue Ray. Oh,my… Some people are just jealous or just plain stupid! As in Sh-t,oh,yes. Sincerely, Janet Sage, Major Fan XO

    • Reptilian

      If Matt thinks Argo is a good piece of work, then I shudder to think what effort Ben might put in for something as “cartoon easy” as Batman. Christian Bale's Batman was the most brooding, emotionally conflicted and dark portrayal of the caped crusader ever, and I doubt Affleck has the chops to come anywhere near it.

  • Escapee

    Fans thinking they can caste a movie are like dinner guests who think they can decide what their hosts will serve.

  • bindu

    watched every batman prior, going to stop now. not even seeing the opinionated tard on video.

  • Reptilian

    Ben as Batman? NAH. They should cast him as Popeye, Matt Damon as Olive Oyl, Jack Black as Bluto.