Matt Damon Praises Affleck, Says He’ll Be “Great” As Batman

By August 28, 2013

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At this point, the world has had some time to digest the idea of Ben Affleck being the new Batman. Despite the internet’s collective freak-out over the former Daredevil star being cast as the new Dark Knight (complete with petitions to get him removed from the role), it seems like everyone has settled down and started coming to terms with the idea of the Argo director donning a black cape and cowl.

But at least one person is convinced Affleck will rise to the challenge: his buddy Matt Damon. The Elysium star spoke with The Times of India (via THR) and offered his own thoughts on how his Good Will Hunting star will do as the Caped Crusader:

“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.”

We’re right there with Damon when it comes to thinking Affleck will be a great Bruce Wayne, but it remains to be seen exactly what type of Batman he’ll be. David Goyer isn’t exactly known for his nuanced screenplays, and if Zack Snyder’s films are any indication, the director may not even be familiar with the word “nuance.” He traded his normally hyper-stylized visual for something a bit more grounded in Man of Steel, but will he return to a more gritty palette in the sequel now that Batman is in the mix?


As for those who actually believe there’s a chance that Damon could play Robin because of the memes going around, the actor laughs off the idea of playing the Boy Wonder to Affleck’s Batman.

“I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”

So there you have it. Any dreams of a Boston-based Batman & Robin combo will have to be left to the comment sections of blog posts across the web. Speaking of which, do you think Damon’s right in saying Affleck will make a great Bruce Wayne? Sound off in our comments section below and let us know!

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