Matt Damon Talks Ben Affleck as Batman and THE BOURNE LEGACY; Says “It’s Safe to Say I Won’t Be Robin”

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Fan outcry over Ben Affleck playing Batman appears to have subsided a bit from a deafening screech to a dull roar, as people are hopefully now spending their time worrying about things that are significantly more important.  We still have yet to hear from Affleck himself about taking on the iconic character in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, but Affleck’s longtime friend Matt Damon has now chimed in with thoughts on how he thinks Affleck will do in the cape and cowl.  In the process, Damon addressed the harsh internet reaction to the news, dashed hopes of him playing Robin, and talked about The Bourne Legacy.  Hit the jump to read on.

ben-affleck-batmanSpeaking with the Times of India (via CS), Damon unsurprisingly had encouraging things to say about Affleck playing Batman:

“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.”

As for those that have suggested Damon play Robin to Affleck’s Batman, the actor laughed off the idea:

“I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually (of his 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.”

While Damon didn’t address recent rumors that he may be returning to the Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass, he reiterated that he has no ill will towards Jeremy Renner or The Bourne Legacy as a whole:

“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.”

Damon can currently be seen in theaters in Elysium and will appear in Terry Gilliam‘s upcoming The Zero Theorem and George Clooney‘s WWII film The Monuments Men.

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  • jack

    The ambiguously gay duo!!

    • Liderc

      Who both have ridiculous hot wives with half a dozen children.

      • Blank Check

        Jennifer Gardner and a bartender with a kid…

        These are just facts.

      • joeybot

        Better than you got, I bet.

      • George Shapiro

        In what world is Jennifer Gardner RIDICULOUSLY hot?

      • Kevin

        I think she is…

      • Blue Power Ranger

        You can be gay and still have kids buddy. Get with the modern times.

      • Tommy Alan

        totally

      • Sit There and Bleed

        Jennifer Gardner looks like that one woman at a party who you think is really a man who had a sex change, but then you find out she really is a woman then you just feel sad for her the rest of the night.

      • Strong Enough

        and all of you spelled her last name wrong lmao

      • More Than Strong Enough

        Everybody loves a grammar Nazi. Way to change the subject dumbass.

      • Strong Enough

        he changed the subject? Oh lawd what ever shall we do?!! lmao

      • I Love Lamp

        Garner, Gardner, either way who the fuck gives a shit? Your point?

      • Strong Enough

        here’s the point. Your mother’s face. My Balls. end of story

      • Sally

        Well aren’t you the mature and articulated one.

      • Strong Enough

        thank you

      • Strong Enough

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      • Strong Enough

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      • mongEbuff

        It’s probably a good rule of thumb not to correct other peoples writing standards when your own are just as bad. It should have been ‘spelt’, not ‘spelled’.

      • Strong Enough

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      • More Than Strong Enough

        Strong Enough clearly does since he left a comment.

      • Strong Enough

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      • joeybot

        I bet you’re a real looker.

    • kuriyova

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      • Pk

        If your gonna swear in Hindi at least get the spelling right otherwise your not making any sense

  • Lance

    Damon’s comments aren’t reassuring at all. He certainly doesn’t take the role of Batman seriously, and I wonder if Affleck will be the same way.

    It’s not that I think Affleck is a terrible actor. He’s not. And if someone wanted to reboot say, Indiana Jones and put Affleck in the role of Indy, I would be willing to see how that turned out.

    I’m less sure that Affleck will work out as Batman, though. It’s not like anyone can just put on the cape and cowl and be convincing. The role doesn’t work (and quickly descends into camp) if you can’t bring the seriousness and intensity.

    • Leo Spaceman

      Even as a man who has only ever actually watched the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I know that you need to be slapped in the face for merely mentioning they reboot Indiana Jones.

      • Random Bystander

        You only need to see Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to suggest it.

    • Chad

      For one, Batman isn’t some holy grail character, no matter how you want o build it up. It’s a comic book, and it’ll always start and end there.

      As far as Indy, they could certainly recast it. If they can do it over and over for James Bond another rather silly fictional adventurer — then Indy can certainly have a different actor play in films for a new generation. People said the same thing about Sean Connery, and guess what? It worked out fine. There are very FEW roles that are that sacred. Everyone is replaceable in most cases. That’s life.

    • Strong Enough

      Ben is a comic book fan. so he knows all about batman.

      • eternalozzie

        He has the batman underwear to prove it i bet :) I bet BatFleck will be a lot light like the great detective from Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah i think thats the best way to go.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah i think thats the best way to go.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah i think thats the best way to go.

      • eternalozzie

        He has the batman underwear to prove it i bet :) I bet BatFleck will be a lot light like the great detective from Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.

      • eternalozzie

        He has the batman underwear to prove it i bet :) I bet BatFleck will be a lot light like the great detective from Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.

    • Oliver

      in terms of the role descending into camp, I think thats more to do with the Directing than the acting. There is no example of a realistic approach to the franchise that has descended into camp due to the casting.

  • LEM

    Batman is a very complex character and has had many incarnations over his existence and yes some were awful but there is much more to it than just putting on the cowl and cape.

    • Oolie zool

      C’mon, what he said was right. There are fan films that do “Batman” as cool and as well as that part of the character can be done, but it’s the Bruce Wayne side that always makes or breaks it.

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      Oh come on, he’s exactly right. Damon didn’t mean that Batman was literally just grunting with a cowl; his point was that the character is not inherently super difficult. Like he said, Bruce Wayne is the difficult part that has the complexity and nuance. If you honestly think playing the Batman half of it requires Oscar-worthy acting, then you don’t know much about acting.

      • LEM

        The Batman is the most important part. There was an episode of Batman Beyond when Batman was able to tell his mind was taken over because he was calling himself Bruce in his thoughts but he only refers to himself as Batman…that’s who he is, Bruce Wayne died the same night his parents did.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        You’ve basically set up why Bruce Wayne is the tougher role. Bruce Wayne is the mask that hides Batman, therefore the performance of Bruce Wayne is more challenging as it involves creating a deception while exposing just enough cracks so that the truth can be seen inside. Batman’s easy, Bruce Wayne’s hard.

      • LEM

        It’s only easier if you fit the role already. I think any decent looking white guy with a great suit and slick hair can play Bruce Wayne but to come across as a believable Batman is harder. I honestly think only Keaton and bale have been good at playing Batman so far. Adam West was campy and cornball, Kilmer wasn’t memorable and Clooney was the worst thing to happen to the role.

      • LEM

        It’s only easier if you fit the role already. I think any decent looking white guy with a great suit and slick hair can play Bruce Wayne but to come across as a believable Batman is harder. I honestly think only Keaton and bale have been good at playing Batman so far. Adam West was campy and cornball, Kilmer wasn’t memorable and Clooney was the worst thing to happen to the role.

  • Sara M.

    Damon comes off a little pretentious here belittling the role of Batman like this.

    • Jessica

      I agree. That King Lear comparison was just douchie.

      • filmquack

        He didn’t belittle the comic book genre. He said that Bruce Wayne was where all the real acting happened, not when they are wearing the mask. so he thought criticism should come from that angle not at his portrayal of a masked man played more than half the time, most likely, by a stunt double.

        You can agree or disagree, but it has nothing to do with superheros, just that they are not as difficult on actors as their alter egos, as they are wearing a mask and might as well be voice actors at that point in many cases. Example being in several scenes in V for Vendetta they just had Hugo Weaving dub his voice over the guy originally cast to play V (who was fired after shooting began) and no one noticed. The action scenes are where stunt doubles are doing most of the work anyways.

    • junierizzle

      Just sticking up for his boy, I admire that.

      • Sally

        I don’t admire his attitude towards the comic book genre though.

  • Tank

    matt damon should play Will Hunting and like be Lex’s advisor, but then like he realizes this is wrong, and he sees Robin Williams’s character again, and Robin Williams advises Will to help Bruce Wayne — that way we can tie in the Good Will Hunting series too. Batman, Superman, Good Will Hunting. How amazing would that be?

    • Smith Campbell Powers

      Somebody give this guy an Oscar already!

      • Jeff

        He already has an Oscar.
        And they should take it away after what he said about my bro Batman.

    • Strong Enough

      Sorry. good will hunting doesn’t exist in the MOS universe

  • Unique Jenique

    I am giving Affleck the benefit of the doubt, but obviously Matt Damon knows absolutely nothing about Batman…Between Bruce Wayne and Batman, Batman is clearly the more difficult of the two to play.

    • Strong Enough

      is he though? cause all bale did was talk in a deep voice. Bruce had the complex scenes with Alfred and Rachel etc etc

      • Blue Power Ranger

        There’s an intimidation and overwhelming presence and control you need to bring to Batman. You’re working with half your face covered and really need to know how to act with just your chin and eyes.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        And yet Oscar-winning Christian Bale just did a gruff voice for Batman. You can’t deny his Bruce Wayne was where he did all his best acting.

      • Ben Wigler

        I think that just proves that Batman is the harder part of the role to play.

        …Doesn’t help that the dialogue in those movies was pure trash. Heath was hell bent on selling his lines, and sell them he did, but even the Joker’s dialogue was terrible.

      • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

        Ben Wigler, Why So Serious?

  • junierizzle

    Damon has a point. Everyone said there is no way he can replace Bale, you know because no one ever made fun of his Batman voice.

    • ZeldaGuideMe

      And nobody has ever made fun of Daredevil, Gigli, Pearl Harbor, Reindeer Games Phantoms, Surviving Christmas, Paycheck, Bounce He’s Just Not That Into You, Smokin’ Aces and Jersey Girl either.

      • jessie

        two oscars

      • Sara M.

        M.Night Shyamalan has been nominated for Oscars, Marilyn Monroe was never nominated once, the Oscars aren’t a valid argument. And the 2 Oscars aren’t for his acting either.

      • Filmquack

        Yes, M. Night Shyamalan has been nominated for Oscars… for movies that were good. Just because M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t make good movies now, doesn’t mean he never made good movies. Similarly just because Ben Affleck once was the star of a slew of horrendous films doesn’t negate the fact that just about every film he has been involved in over the past 5-6 years has been gold. The only remotely bad movie he has made (imo) since 2006 was Hes Just not that into you, and that was a fairly minor role in a romantic comedy. This doesn’t mean he will be a great Batman, but anyone using 10-20 year old work as evidence of him being a bad choice does not understand the concept of time…

      • Jessica

        Just because it’s old doesn’t mean we should throw it out the window. “Durrr it’s 10-20 years old. That means it too old, it’s like it never happened. Let’s just focus on positives”.

        What a bunch of biased bs you just sputtered.

      • Walter White

        If he starred in a piece of shit 20 years ago, it’s still a piece of shit no matter how long’s it been. I don’t think you’re the one that has the concept of time.

      • Walter White

        If he starred in a piece of shit 20 years ago, it’s still a piece of shit no matter how long’s it been. I don’t think you’re the one that has the concept of time.

      • PunchYouInTheBalls

        Doesn’t matter if it was 10 or 20 years ago, it still happened. Throwing out because of their age just so it’s more convenient for your argument kind of made everything you just said nothing but invalid.

      • PunchYouInTheBalls

        Doesn’t matter if it was 10 or 20 years ago, it still happened. Throwing out because of their age just so it’s more convenient for your argument kind of made everything you just said nothing but invalid.

      • dantae

        you seriously think Marilyn Monroe is a better artist than M.Night Shyamalan and Ben Affleck?

      • Sara M.

        Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl.

        Yeah, yeah she is…

      • Blank Check

        Let’s see, Monroe is one of the most iconic actresses in history. Shyamalan is a one hit wonder and a parody of his former self.

        What a dumb fucking question.

      • dantae

        Iconic for being sexy and dying young? If that’s your standard for good artists then I rest my case

      • Blank Check

        Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, The Misfits.

        That’s my standard, dumbass.

      • Jessica

        Let’s see, she starred in some of the most iconic comedies of all time, and you think M.Night Shamalamadingdong is a better artist just because he made Sixth Sense 14 years ago.

        And you’re the one bringing up her looks. Everyone else is bringing up her work. Clearly you’re the one that doesn’t know art and what standards look like.

        I REST MY CASE! Wow are you stupid.

      • Walter White

        Anybody who say M.Night is a better artist and grossly simplifies Marilyn the way you just did shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a film site.

        Shame on you!

      • dantae

        you seriously think Marilyn Monroe is a better artist than M.Night Shyamalan and Ben Affleck?

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        Smokin’ Aces is brilliant, you swine.

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

      • junierizzle

        Smokin’ Aces is a fun movie, besides Affleck was only in it for 5 Minutes. I counter with Good Will Hunting. HollywoodLand, State of Play, Changing Lanes, Extract, The Company Men, The Town, To the Wonder and Boiler Room.

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        To the Wonder- %42 on Rotten Tomatoes.
        Smokin Aces is fun if you’ve never seen a Tarantino film.

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        To the Wonder- %42 on Rotten Tomatoes.
        Smokin Aces is fun if you’ve never seen a Tarantino film.

      • junierizzle

        So no one can ever make a movie where character s intersect anymore? That’s the only “Tarantino” connection I see. And you shouldn’t put so much stock in RT scores. RT scores are misleading.

      • Jessica

        RT only has a 1% level of inaccuracy. People bring them up for a reason dude…

      • junierizzle

        Do you actually read the reviews or just look at the score? Movies like Transformers get a fresh rating just because of the visual fx….

      • ZeldaGuideMe

        None of the Transformers have a fresh rating. The highest is a 57…

      • junierizzle

        That’s my point, they should be at 0%

      • Jessica

        Get your facts straight. None of the Transformers have a positive score on RT

      • junierizzle

        I never said they had positive scores, just positive reviews. And by your logic those movies should beat 0% shouldn’t they?

      • Jessica

        “Movies like Transformers get a fresh rating just because of the visual fx”

        Yeah, you did say that…

      • junierizzle

        I meant reviews, but it seems you have gotten me on that one.

    • LEM

      It bugs me that he has billions of dollars of tech for Batman but nothing to disguise his voice but a bad Clint Eastwood impression.

      • Ben Wigler

        I always thought the voice was supposed to be electronically altered?

      • junierizzle

        That’s a fair point but what actor would want the roll if they replaced their voice?

  • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

    Batman > King Lear.

  • http://www.patuniverse.com/ PATuniverse.com

    Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, including Matt Damon. If he wants to belittle the role of Batman to stick up for his boy, then let him. Who cares?

    Ben Affleck Is The New Batman. Get Over It. It’s a Genius Idea; Here’s Why… http://www.patuniverse.com/2013/08/ben-affleck-is-the-new-batman-genius-idea-heres-why/

    • Blank Check

      Anybody who uses “The Opinion” argument doesn’t have a real argument of their own.

      And way to advertise your site in the most subtle way possible. It’s just as a good as writing “Free candy” on a windowless van.

      • http://www.patuniverse.com/ PATuniverse.com

        So did you check out my site??

        Your reply to my comment was pointless. What were you looking to accomplish? At least, I’m posting my own opinion as well as advertising my site for free. If you clicked the link and read instead of make useless remarks, you would’ve seen that.

      • Blank Check

        Pointless? I was just giving my OPINION. You just contradicted yourself you dumb little cocksucker =) Go back to whoring yourself out

        Again, really subtle, asswipe, I’m sure people want to check your site out now…

      • Strong Enough

        What he accomplish was doing everything you just described. He gave his opinion about your worthless opinion excuse

        Now you just contradicted yourself by calling him out and failing miserably.

        P.S. Get a name for your site that doesn’t suck massive donkey dick like your rancid, cunt mother.

      • HydrogenChaos

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  • Film Actors Guild

    MAAATTT DAAAMMMOONN!!

  • Lucas Accardo

    God make it stop….

  • Kevin

    Why doesnt’ they just has Batman play hisself???

  • Faptain America

    Right on Matt Damon. You proved again why DiCaprio, Gosling etc. won’t do superheroes. Because superhero movies aren’t about the acting, especially when the guy’s wearing a mask. Batman’s intimidation and presence comes from the direction, camera work, fighting style etc.
    Batman’s not about acting. Batman’s about swooping down from six stories and crushing you where you stand. Batman literally dodges bullets. You do not see Batman until he wants you to. In the early motorbike chase scene in TDKR, I wanted Batman to leap from bike to bike, bearing down on Bane’s men like the wrath of God. But sadly, Batman was kind of weak in Nolan’s movies. Anyway, it’s the technical work that’ll make or break the character, not the acting.

    • Kevin

      I’d love to see some better hand-to-hand fights in movies these days.

      • Faptain America

        Could not agree more. Bale’s Batman was such a stiff fighter, completely unlike a ninja.

  • brett1368

    Uh-oh, that’s it internet — people are FORBIDDEN to have an opinion because Matt Damon has given Benji his personal seal of approval. Personally, I’m not interested in seeing a silly Batman versus Superman movie but the way some people are getting slammed because they don’t like Ben Affleck is just outrageous. People go to see movies ALL THE TIME based on actors they like and don’t see movies because of actors they don’t like. All of a sudden, that’s not allowed anymore. Now, it’s being intimated that you can’t have an opinion until AFTER you pay to see a movie you didn’t want to see to begin with!
    Sheesh!

    • Polarboy

      The unreasonable estimations of Affleck’s acting skill, unwarranted personal attacks and death threats is why Damon is sticking up for his buddy, although I suppose death threats would come under personal attacks, in short a complete fanboy overreaction as per usual. What’s funny is that most if not all of these people saying these ludicrous things would walk the other way if Ben Affleck was anywhere near them.

      If you dislike Ben Affleck that much, fine, don’t go see the movie but for the people who are making these ludicrous statements, that they would never back up with action, go s**k a d**k. Oh and I’m not saying you personally made any of these statements but you did chide him for sticking up for his friend when he had every right to do so.

      • brett1368

        I’m not talking about lunatics who are making death threats (and that’s the first I’ve heard), I’m talking about people who are saying they don’t want to see the film because of Ben Affleck are being criticized for their opinion.
        People have a right to see a movie or not see a movie, for whatever their reason.
        And people have been deciding to see or not to see particular films that feature certain actors since the dawn of time.
        To criticize someone because they have no interest in a movie because of an actor is just absurd.

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  • Jamesy

    Ben Affleck isn’t the problem, if he’s given the right material and direction I think he’ll nail it. Yes Daredevil wasn’t the best comic book movie, neither was fantastic 4, everyone makes bad choices and bad moves, in any industry…and they recover and learn from their mistakes. Chris Evans went on to be Cap and nailed it, back then no one really knew how to adapt comic material for movies. It’s Batman, if the movie sucks, it sucks…so what? there’s gonna be a ton of Batman movies after this, there always has and always will be. And since when was Nolans version the holy grail? It was just his vision, and now this is Snyder’s. The thing is all the people saying he’ll suck etc will still go pay and see the movie. I was surprised at the choice, not because he’s not a capable actor but because at the stage he is at in his career, its an usual choice…but it’s his choice, and if he gets to direct a solo Batman movie even better. Imagine a Batman movie with say the Riddler, in the vein of a detective thriller, i.e Gone Baby Gone, The Town, with the mysteries built around Batman, I think that would be pretty awesome. And saying Affleck isn’t suitable for the role, are you serious? Out of any of the previous actors to have portrayed Batman/Bruce Wayne he’s the closest, in terms of height and build..he was ripped in the town, showing he can put on the size and be a believable threat, he can do it again for this…along with the cowl and suit, he can be intimidating as Bats and believable as Bruce Wayne, the guy is Bruce Wayne christ sake, string of celebrity girlfriends, red carpet events now his charitable and humanitarian work. He wouldn’t have taken it on at this stage in his career if he didn’t think he could add something to the role. For those who straight out don’t like his acting work, of dislike him from his “celebrity image” give the guy a chance and at least save judgement till we get a synopsis, an official image/poster/teaser or something. The argument can be made about Ledger Keaton Craig etc, and it’s a valid one, but honestly open your eyes good actors make bad movies, bad actors make blockbusters. Look at De Niro, Pacino in the recent years…Morgan Freeman was in Wanted people, has been in straight to dvd movies. If the materials right, the directors present, the team works well together, the actor will shine.

  • Snacks

    Acting is acting. Good acting whether in a serious role where someone has contracted a life threatening illness, which impacts their ability to play a piano, which impacts their abiliy to impress the woman they secretly love who is married to their best friend…. or whether as an assassin who has amnesia… or whether as a superhero will impact how good a movie is. Writing, directing, etc all are also important. The selection of the right actor with the right look with the right acting chops and the right charisma all impact. Ben Afflect is the wrong actor, with a passable Batman/Bruce Wayne look, with limited acting chops, with little charisma.

    • Polarboy

      “Ben Afflect is the wrong actor, with a passable Batman/Bruce Wayne look, with limited acting chops, with little charisma”.

      Subjective opinion shouldn’t be stated as fact, as for the passable Bruce Wayne look comment, Affleck is likely the closest we will get to looking like Bruce from the comics and is most definitely the closest we have had in live action so far.

      • Snacks

        Not a fact, but yes it is my opinion. And you just gave yours. It’s all fair.

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