Matt Defends Ben as Batman, Crushes Robin Rumors

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Matt Defends Ben as Batman, Crushes Robin Rumors

Matt Damon has finally broken his silence about the controversy surrounding his close pal Ben Affleck being cast in the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. As expected, Matt thinks Ben will be "terrific" in the part.

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"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," he told The Times of India. "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."

As for those grief-stricken fans of the franchise who signed petitions and made a big ruckus about the casting, Matt believes the criticism is a bit too premature and unwarranted.

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"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."

And while he was at it, the Bourne Identity star also addressed wishful rumors he might perhaps be signing for the role of Batman's trusty sidekick.

"I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually (of his face photoshopped on Robin's body and Ben's on Batman's). It was really funny. But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."