Matt Damon Won’t Play Robin to Batfleck, Responds to Internet ‘Grousing’

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as Batman and Robin Matt Damon Wont Play Robin to Batfleck, Responds to Internet Grousing

Ever since the announcement that Argo star and director Ben Affleck had signed on to a multi-film deal as the new Batman to first appear in the tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman (or, conversely, Superman vs. Batman), people have been jokingly asking whether Affleck’s friend and frequent screen partner Matt Damon would join him as Batman’s faithful sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder.

Obviously “Boy Wonder” would be a little bit of a stretch for Damon, who turns 43 this fall, but the idea wasn’t entirely impossible. Since Superman vs. Batman will be an adaptation, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer could have taken some liberties with the source material and incorporated Robin into the movie as a slightly more mature partner in crime-fighting for Batfleck.

While Robin might still make an appearance in Batman vs. Superman, we must sadly report that he won’t be played by Matt Damon. Speaking to the Times of India, the actor laughed off the idea, explaining that he just can’t imagine a middle-aged Robin:

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

You may or may not know this, but not everyone on the internet has been pleased by the Batfleck casting. As well as the standard petition demanding that he be removed, a group of Batman fans have even pleaded with the White House to make it illegal for Ben Affleck to play any more comic book characters. The latter petition was recently removed from the site, which could either be considered a slap in the face of democracy or a sensible response to  a really silly request.

Matt Damon in Elysium1 Matt Damon Wont Play Robin to Batfleck, Responds to Internet Grousing

Screen Rant already covered some of the reasons why this casting choice could be a good thing in both Andrew Dyce’s editorial and the latest SR Underground podcast, but Damon didn’t hesitate to poke this particular controversy with a stick:

“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.”

Someone had better equip Damon with a flame shield for badmouthing the Bat, though admittedly the character does do quite a bit of sitting around with a cowl on his head and whispering in a gruff voice. With that in mind, Affleck does seem to be more naturally suited to the other half of Batman’s personality: the outwardly affable and carefree playboy with a troubled past and a dark side that he keeps hidden.

Since Batman vs. Superman is still so far off, we can have some fun with the idea that Damon only said he won’t be playing Robin, and not that he won’t appear in the film at all. Though the two actors haven’t appeared in a movie together since 2004′s Jersey Girl, they share great screen chemistry and also jointly won an Academy Award in 1997 for their Good Will Hunting script. Perhaps Damon will make an appearance in Batman vs. Superman, if only a cameo.

Damon might be out of the running, but would you be interested in seeing Robin team up with Batman against Henry Cavill’s Superman? Tell us in the comments which other characters from the DC universe you’re hoping to see in the Man of Steel sequel.


Batman vs. Superman will be released on July 15, 2015.

Source: Times of India

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  1. I’d prefer Nightwing in MOS.

    • That’s because you probably don’t read comics

      • How is wanting Nightwing in MOS mean he doesn’t read comics? Not everyone wants to see a little kid fighting crime next to Batman.

        • Can’t have Nightwing without Robin first. And for the record, I don’t wanna see a little kid fighting crime either. Robin doesn’t need to be included. If they wanna take the franchise in that direction later then fine but not this movie. Robin hasn’t even been rumored to be in this movie yet so why is this is even a discussion?

          • Just because Nightwing is in it instead of Robin dose not mean that Robin didn’t already exist previously.

      • I read comics and I say skip robin and go straight to nightwing

  2. I wouldn’t want a Robin in the film, too weird for me. I’d be up for Nightwing in a solo Batman film though. I’m glad Damon commented on this, really wanted to hear his opinion on it, especially the Robin casting aha.

    • Until Robin makes an onscreen appearance, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Nightwing film. You’d have a better chance of getting a Speedy/Red Arrow film greenlit, at this juncture.

      • I was thinking they can just redo Nightwing’s origin for the films.

        • Why would they need to do that? Some later Batman film they could introduce Dick Grayson, mentioned in other films or something, and then he can become Nightwing. There really isn’t a need for this though. This isn’t Teen Titans or Young Justice. Though I do really like the Robin from Young Justice. Shame it got cancelled.

          • The only change I was really talking was skipping his origin as Robin. Being adopted and all I can see happening and I would be perfectly fine with. I just can’t see a kid running around rooftops in a realistic setting.

            • I’m not really for seeing it either but it’s all in how it’s done. Robin was all well and good back in the 50′s and 60′s because that was the thing to do in comics: give the hero a little kid sidekick because all the kids reading the comics wanted to believe that they could be that kid. Then we got a dose of reality with A Death in the Family where Joker beats Robin (Jason Todd) to death with a crowbar. That’s the reality of a kid helping Batman. I wouldn’t say they’d have to go that far for these movies. I don’t think WB would put it on screen anyway which sucks because it’s a great story. My point is that if they address the very real danger he faces as a sidekick and we don’t get a Burt Ward interpretation, Robin could work. Dick could get tired of Batman treating him like a kid, have a falling out, and become Nightwing. That’s how it went in the animated series. No need to exclude Robin though I don’t think he needs to appear right now. If you want Nightwing, you’ve gotta have Robin first.

              • I agree with having robin first. He doesn’t have to be that young. Have him be older in the movie, whatever movie he is first in(if ever). Cast someone who is in their 20′s so then they can literally grow into the role of Nightwing.

              • I like the falling out idea but I still don’t see Robin in a realistic setting, I’d much rather have them simply jump to Nightwing at a later time period or have flashbacks of the falling out during the present.

  3. I don’t think I’d want to see Robin in MOS2. Introducing Batman will be enough. They should keep the central focus on Supes. Maybe introduce Robin or Nightwing in a Batman stand alone film.

    • +1
      Batman is more than enough. It’d be cool to see Alfred too now that I think about it.

  4. Let him play King Lear then, they haven;t been clamoring for that so much at the box office though and as for:

    “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.”

    That’s called “Sh*t Writing.” Let’s not add Daredevil to that eh..?

    Argo: Not Batman, The Town: Not Batman, do sequels or follow-ups or others in similar vein. Not Batman, and as far as that goes, Elysium does not qualify you to be the commentator on this discussion….

    • I concur with this. Excellent post!

      • Nice! That makes two fatheads instead of one!

    • Matt Damon does not qualify to comment on a movie? lmao

      • Exactly. The ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER Matt Damon, mind you…obviously some faceless internet commentator has much more of a handle of the nuanced craft of acting.

        Yup…nerd rage is so cute.

        • Matt Damon has plenty of room to talk about acting. I do not, however, agree with his assessment of the Batman role. He makes it sound like a cake walk and that’s not true. No role is.

          • Exactly, if no role is a cake walk then why are people thinking this part is such a holy grail.

    • And what qualifies you to be a commentator on the discussion. There is no qualifications to give an opinion. Affleck will do just fine, quit yer whining and get over the Bennifer crap from nearly 10 years ago. Affleck has championed comics for a while now. Appearing in Mallrats— about comics, playing a comic creator in chasing Amy, yes he was Daredevil, but affleck was not the worst part of that film… the writing and directing was… then in Argo, the real story of Argo actually included Jack Kirby’s artwork. Affleck loves comics and will do a great job.

    • I’m confused at what you are saying is crap writing? That’s what Daredevil was. If they were to get another Daredevil movie off the ground then i would love for Affleck to come back. He was good in that part. The writing was the problem.
      And while you were pointing out what isn’t Batman. How about this

      Daredevil: Not Batman.

      They are not the same part. Obviously and how long ago was that movie? Come on people you all know that when this movie comes out you are going to be clamoring to go see it.

    • Cry me river…

      • *Cry me a river

  5. Absolutely not. NO ROBIN OR SIDEKICKS

  6. He could play a villain in the Batffleck solo franchise

  7. Zac Efron! Or Zeke Saffron, who cares!

  8. Let him be Lex Luthor. He looks fine bald, right?

    • +1

  9. I think it would be funny if in the movie, there’s a fight at a Matt Damon movie premier. “You okay Mr. Damon?” “Uh, yeah Mr. Man. I mean Batman.”

  10. Jynxx if playing elysium doesn’t qualify him, what in your resume qualifies you? Stop crying Ben Affleck has gotten better since daredevil. A movie that would of sucked despite the actor.

  11. I’m sure fanboys ARE going to lose their s**t, but Matt is 100% CORRECT. I just rewatched “The Town” a few days ago, and I don’t think its going out on a limb to say that Ben will do really well in the role. There I said it.

    On a sidenote: I JUST finished watching all of the Harry Potter movies (having never read the books) for the first time and MY MIND IS BLOWN! woooooow to this friggin conclusion!!!!! Lol. Sorry for the geek out, but the twist with Dumbledore and Snape was friggin craaaaazy to me and wifey!?!? Ok. I’m done. Good night.


    Harry Potter’s dad is a dick.

  12. Bald Matt Damon from Elysium for Lex Luther.
    Bruce Wayne (SpeakingTo Lex Luther) : Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out. We have a few drinks, and a few laughs, and it’s great. But you know what the best part of my day is? For about ten seconds, from when I pull up to the curb and when I get to your door, cause I think, maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye. No see you later. No nothing. You just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.

  13. “Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”

    No kidding. Something Bale fell flat delivering.

    Arkham City Batman. Damn straight.

    • ^^Except in Begins. Bale owned in Begins. Then he went full retard.

      • +1

        But to be fair, Begins is Bruce Wayne’s movie. TDK & TDKR centered much more around the villains than the hero. Particularly TDK. Bruce Wayne doesn’t have much to do.

        • TDK is clearly a harvey dent film. and bale was a fantastic bruce wayne imo. He was charming and he felt like a real person. Even if he was only on screen as bruce a bit he killed it

      • Never go full retard

  14. Damon will play luthor

  15. If we really have to endure batfleck could we plz get megan fox as batgirl now theres a sidekick

    • “Butt-Girl”!

  16. “You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman!”

    Apart from implying playing Batman is easy
    and that play in King Lear would be hard,
    Matt is implying Ben would have trouble
    playing Lear, which is a knock on Ben’s
    acting eventhough it is probably true.

    • Not so much a knock on his acting as a knock on his presence…

      • Matt is saying Ben does not have the acting chops to play Lear to a degree.
        Not many actors do but still it was an an unfortunate choice of words.

        • An unfortunate choice of words, with that I agree.

  17. All these complaints about Affleck not going to make a good Batman remind me of when Ledger was cast as The Joker…just saying

    • Yes, because it worked out once that means anyone can play anyone from now on. All you have to do is bring up Ledger… I wish I got a dollar for everytime I heard this same thing said…

      They should have cast Jesse Eisenberg as Batman, I mean, look at Heath Ledger. He was able to pull it off.

      • LOL. Exactly why I never mention the idol that is Ledger.

      • There’s also Daniel Craig as James Bond. Everyone said that he was too blonde, too ugly, too short for the role.

        Then there was Anne Hathaway. I’m not sure why people didn’t want her. Perhaps her cutesy persona?

        There was also Robert Downey, Jr., who people thought were too old and unreliable for the role.

        Then, of course, there was Heath Ledger. “Brokeback Batman” and all that bull. We saw how that turned out.

        We can go as far back as Michael Keaton, who I think made a wonderful Bruce Wayne and Batman for the time.

        Heath Ledger may be the most recent example but he isn’t the only one.

        • Well heath couldnt be the most recent example… cause you said anne hathaway and she was after. Just sayin

          • Yeah, I realized that right after I posted. He’s recent enough, I would say, but Anne is the most recent.

            I can’t really say Heath was the biggest, either, though his is up there. I think Craig had the most hate.

            • The Craig hysteria was number one and worse than Affleck.
              Daniel also suffered the cruelest personal insults on his looks.

      • Wow. Way to totally overreact and miss my point. My point was that people are whinning like a bunch of little fangirls that Affleck was cast as Batman in the same fashion that people whined that Ledger was going to be a bad Joker.

        • And people whined about George Clooney being cast as Batman as well, and look, they were right. Giving an example of where complaints were unwarranted makes absolutely no difference in the validity of people’s opinion on this casting choice. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There are examples that go both ways, both cannot be right, so let’s just leave it at, you think it might work, others do not. I’m sick of hearing Heath Ledger thrown around like he’s a magic word that will make everyone’s different opinions invalid… It’s like the ricers and the Skyline for goodness sakes…

  18. I read somewhere that “The Dark Knight Returns” comic is going to be a reference for the storyline of the next MOS/Batman movie (with the older Bruce Wayne) so, then wouldn’t Robin (if included in the movie) be cast as a young girl?

    • Jennifer Gardner as Robin… done.

  19. hell no, that’s just pushing it.

  20. I Love Comic Book movies but Im kinda glad matt put it in more perspecitive…Its batman folks. If it doesnt work out then you know what…they’ll be another person to play the role down the road

    • perspective* and There’ll* sorry

  21. Rather have Damon has Batman

  22. Batman does more than sit and wear a cowl, he fights, he thinks, he is Sherlock Holmes predecessor.

    • Exactly. There are many layers to Batman, more than Matt Damon is obviously willing to acknowledge. Can you imagine trying to do the right thing (be a hero) whilst carrying around all that sadness and pain inside (?), let alone holding up the Wayne persona for public appearances, as well as contending with a super powerhouse like Superman? This is where I believe that it take a well-seasoned actor to take the next Batman to the next level, not just fill his shoes, but playing him with conviction and passion.

      How’s that for some Grousing???

    • Wait? Sherlock Holmes’ predecessor? Holmes first appeared in 1887. I hope that was just a mistake because if not I might have to smack you upside the head…

  23. I still don’t like Ben for batman, he’s supposed to be big and scary to things I don’t think Ben is. As far as matt in a batman movie I’m thinking Black Mask, Two Face, or Clay Face

  24. Damon could play Zsasz/Deadshot

  25. Just like RDJ made IronMan outside of the armour…Affleck needs to do the same

  26. I thought bale did wonders with the nuanced differences in Bruce waynes personality. He could go from cool and collected to arrogant snob to kind hearted philanthropist etc, and make it all work flawlessly. His actually batman was a little shaky…I don’t see affleck pulling these off quite as well. I think it will be a pretty one note Bruce, kinda arrogant charming and funny. Nothing else. and a brooding batman. Not to say it will be terrible. Might be pretty good actually, just not as much depth

  27. I’m a fan of Batman my self. Was the first comic I picked up as a kid. Batman V.S Aliens. I’m all in for Ben. I love Bales performance and it will always be my favorite. But let someone new take the reigns. I think they are going for a more lighter tone for this one anyway. Again Please no Robin. It Just mucks things up a lot. AND! As long as there are no Bat-Nipples I’m good.

  28. hahaha, I wonder if Damon called Affleck up and said “Hey man I got your back. Took some of the heat off of you so you can go knock their little fanboy socks off!”

  29. Just realized, “The Town” will now be a Batman and Hawkeye team up movie.