One person who has kept quiet since word broke last week of Ben Affleck’s Batman casting has been Affleck’s old cohort Matt Damon.
Shortly after the news broke, Damon quickly found himself the subject of numerous fan-made images and animated GIFs humorously depicting him as Robin alongside Affleck’s Batman.
Now, the 43-year-old Damon recently spoke to the Times of India and laughed off the idea of himself as Robin:
“I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually [see the photoshopped picture above]. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”
Damon also spoke about the controversy surrounding Affleck’s casting and things the actor will be great in the role:
“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. 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.”
Damon also touched upon another franchise, one which he was a part of – the Bourne series. Damon didn’t touch upon a fifth entry, but did comment on the previous film starring Jeremy Renner in which he wasn’t involved:
“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.”