Matt Damon Talks “Daredevil,” “Bourne 5”

Taking a brief break from filming on the fifth Jason Bourne film to do publicity for “The Martian,” actor Matt Damon has spoken briefly with The New York Daily News about the setup for the next chapter. Sadly it’s fairly vague:

“[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.”

More interesting are his comments about superhero films in which he revealed that he actually passed on the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 film adaptation – a role that ultimately went to his friend Ben Affleck:

“For us it was always ‘Daredevil’ – that’s the comic we read when we were kids. But when that one came along [in 2003)] I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell. I hadn’t seen the director [Mark Steven Johnson’s] work and I didn’t know. So I just said, ‘No.’ Ben was like, ‘I gotta do it.'”

Would he ever do a superhero film? He jokes:

“If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil,’ I would be in. Just putting that out there” he joked. Dare to dream.”

The quotes come as it’s revealed that both Damon and Affleck are developing the telemovie “Thirst” for HBO Films which will deal with the global water crisis.

Elliott Lester (“Nightingale”) will direct and executive produce the project, while Charles Leavitt (“Blood Diamond”) will pen the script.