8:41am PT by Hilary Lewis
Matt Damon Says Ben Affleck Will Be 'Great' as Batman
Matt Damon is among those who approve of Ben Affleck playing Batman.
The Elysium star told the Times of India that his longtime friend will be "terrific" as the caped crusader and urged people complaining about Warner Bros.' controversial casting choice to calm down.
"I think it will be great. It will be terrific," Damon said. "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."
But don't hold your breath that Damon will join the DC Comics universe as Robin.
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"It's safe to say I won't be Robin," he told the Times of India, adding that he was amused by the speculation but doesn't think he's quite right for the part.
"I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman," he added. "Somebody sent me a picture actually [of Damon's face Photoshopped on Robin's body and Affleck's on Batman's]. It was really funny."