After the eruption of the news of Ben Affleck playing Batman in the new Man of Steel sequel over the weekend, the only thing we all could assume is that Matt Damon would be playing Robin.
Can you blame us? It’s a natural reaction!
Alas, Damon has told The Times of India that he will not be playing Robin.
"I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman" he said.
I guess Matt’s never heard of older people playing younger people in the business of television and movies. I’ll let it slide this time, Mr. Damon.
There has been a large amount of criticism on the choice to have Affleck portray Batman. This includes angry fans launching a petition to remove him from the film because he will not be able to do the role of Batman justice. Ouch, you guys.
Other criticisms include saying that he isn’t physically built for the role, won’t be believable as Bruce Wayne and have also brought up the undoubtedly horrible portrayal of Daredevil that he did back in 2003.
I will be the first to say that Daredevil was not good, however, it’s very unfair to base his whole skill set as an actor from that movie that he did ages ago. What about his performances in The Town or Argo? Matt Damon agrees with me.
In fact, he believes that playing Batman will be a piece of cake for his long time friend. Damon feels that the more challenging role for Affleck will be the Bruce Wayne side.
"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!”
Damon continues on to say: “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.”
While I partially agree with Matt in the sense that I think Ben Affleck will be able to do a good job at this, I’m not gonna sit here and slag off the difficulty that will be placed in playing this role. There are many great actors that have played him in the past and being the first person to pick up the role since Christian Bale, is a very huge thing to do.
What do you PopWrappers think of the decision in casting? For it? Against it? Let us know!
The Man of Steel sequel is rumored to be titled Superman vs Batman and is set to be released on July 17, 2015.