Matt Damon is not playing Robin to Ben Affleck's Batman
August 28th, 2013
06:48 PM ET

Matt Damon is not playing Robin to Ben Affleck's Batman

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are a dynamic duo, but their bromance isn't going to make it into "Man of Steel 2."

At least, that's what Damon told The Times Of India on a recent trip.

Given his age - Damon's turning 43 in October, whereas Affleck just turned 41 - the "Elysium" star can't see himself playing the sidekick to his friend's superhero.

"I am a little older than Ben," Damon told the paper, laughing off the speculation. "I never saw Robin as older than Batman." And although there's a popular photo going around showing Damon's face Photoshopped onto Robin's body, "it's safe to say I won't be Robin," the actor said.

But that doesn't mean he doesn't support his pal's latest job. The rest of the Internet may be up in arms, but Damon thinks the criticism is being overblown.

"I think it will be great. It will be terrific," he said of Affleck's new role as the Caped Crusader.

"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!" Damon continued."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."

One actor who might actually be joining the "Man of Steel" sequel, which will see Batman and Superman share the big screen for the first time, is Bryan Cranston.

With "Breaking Bad" wrapping up, rumor has it the 57-year-old has lined up a job to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's film. Warner Bros. isn't commenting on the gossip, but we'll know for sure soon enough - "Man of Steel 2" is scheduled to land in theaters July 17, 2015.


Filed under: Ben Affleck • Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • Matt Damon

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  1. granny

    Mark Walhberg is the guy who has moxy! He's be all that and a potatoe chip too as Batman. Ben Affleck, wouldn't wast my money.

    August 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. T

    Matt Damon would make a better Matthew Murdock/Daredevil than Affleck, he looks the part.
    Reboot anyone ?

    August 29, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Pass. There are enough bad superhero movies (and reboots) out there to last a couple of generations.

      August 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VladT

    Hey, Matt –

    All the literature and complex stories since the 1930s about Batman has been well written with character development. I take offense at his "It's only Batman, not King Lear" comment. Who cares? Batman has been a lot more iconic with most people's inner desire to right a wrong, "vengeance style" for more than 80 years.

    Besides, everyone knows he could kick Jason Bourne's a$$ ;)

    August 29, 2013 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. mario

    so i guess that answers that question of who is the boss and who is the B**** in their relationship! lolz

    August 29, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Mario 2

      Must be tough to not have any friends....poor you mario...poor poor you

      August 29, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Martin Ryland

    They should have a post credits scene where Matt Damon appears as Robin in the old 60s style outfit as a joke. That would be the most awesome thing ever.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |

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