Matt Damon Set to Return as Jason Bourne in 2016

By November 9, 2014
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Fans of the Bourne film series have a new reason to celebrate, as E! News has reported that Matt Damon will return as the eponymous Jason Bourne in a new entry for the series, according to the actor himself. At a red carpet event celebrating the fourth season of Damon and Ben Affleck’s passion project known as Project Greenlight, Affleck was the first one who seemed to let slip that Damon would be heading back to the intelligence operative created by author Robert Ludlum. When pressed for clarification, Damon gave up some of the best details.

Yes, next year. It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. [Director] Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon tried to answer an interesting question about which of their action hero characters would win in a hypothetical face-off.

Both Greengrass’ return to the director’s chair and Damon’s return to the part will be the first time they filled those roles since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which saw his character go underground after exposing the secret project which turned him into the efficient assassin he’s known for being. 2012’s The Bourne Legacy followed character Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner, as he tried to escape his own assassination from the cancellation of a different project that made him a physically augmented operative.

Also catching a few more words with Affleck and Damon, Access Hollywood asked both men which character would win in a fight: Affleck’s Batman, or Damon’s Bourne? The following exchange was pure joy.

“Well, first of all, Batman is not real and Jason Bourne is,” said Damon. Affleck shot back, “If Batman is fighting Superman, I think he’s a little past Jason Bourne!” Damon then tossed a plug for the upcoming DC Comics film in to end the discussion: “I don’t understand why Batman and Superman are fighting. I guess I’ll have to see the movie.”

Either way, it looks like some interesting things are afoot for both actors, as they get ready to embody — and re-embody — some of the world’s favorite action heroes. What do you think? Are you glad to see Bourne back in the saddle? Who do YOU think would win between Bourne and Batman?

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.