After appearing in a handful of friend Kevin Smith’s films in the early days of their careers, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became overnight sensations when their script for 1997’s Good Will Hunting landed them a best original screenplay Oscar. Though they were branded as the young and talented duo taking Hollywood by storm, the pair haven’t actually written a script together since their Oscar win, but have continued to work together on a variety of projects, while continuing their work in front of and behind the camera individually.
Things have obviously changed, with Ben Affleck now as respected a director as he ever was a writer or actor, and making a long commitment to the role of Batman – which includes an upcoming Batman film written, directed and starring him. And as his success in the comic world has built, the rather persistent (and half-joking) refrain of ‘when exactly is Matt Damon going to join his old pal in the superhero universe?’ has been good for some laughs. But things just got interesting.
At the recent UK premiere of Jason Bourne, Damon was asked by The Irish Examiner about the online suggestion that he should play Robin to his friend’s Dark Knight. Taking a few jabs at Affleck, Damon offered a stance that will still get his supporters talking:
“I’d consider anything with the right director, but I can’t imagine there are any superheroes left, I think they’re all taken at this moment. If he (Ben) was directing me, I’d jump on it in a New York minute. I’d love to work with Ben. The problem with Ben is every time he directs a movie, he gives himself the best role in it, so until he’s willing to give up the best role to one of his friends, we’re not going to get on with it.”
Damon had previously laughed off suggestions that he could play Robin to Affleck’s Batman when it was announced the actor had committed himself to a multi-picture deal as the caped crusader. With a full cast or even a finalized script yet to be announced for Affleck’s stand-alone Batman movie, Damon’s willingness to join forces with his old friend could transition into a role in that project, but such a notion is pure conjecture at this point.
For his part, Affleck has his hands full with Batman at the moment, having finished production on the upcoming Suicide Squad and currently filming (and producing) Justice League. The Batman V Superman star is also committed to star in the Justice League sequel, along with whatever other future productions Batman will be required in.
If Affleck’s solo Batman outing proves to be a hit at the box office – and there’s every reason to believe that it could be, given Affleck’s proven Oscar-winning ability as both a director and a screenwriter – then a follow up will certainly be in demand. With the advance notice that Damon has now provided regarding his willingness to work with Affleck in the superhero genre, the likelihood of seeing Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together on screen as superheroes seems as likely as it ever was (whether talking openly is a sign Damon is making his hopes known, or continuing a running joke among the two is anyone’s guess).
For fans of the superhero genre, as well as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the idea of the two reuniting on screen in something uniquely their own is a grand one. Whether or not it will happen will only be revealed in time, but even the possibility of it at this point is enough to cause a healthy stir of excitement.
Jason Bourne opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016.
Source: The Irish Examiner