Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck Against Batman Backlash: ‘It Will Be Great’

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News that Ben Affleck is the next Batman was met with backlash last week: from flurries of fury on Twitter to two petitions, one begging Warner Bros. to rethink it’s casting choice and another asking the White House to step in.

But one man stands by the studio’s newest superhero: Affleck’s longtime friend and fellow Bostonian, Matt Damon.

The actor-producer knows Affleck has more than what it takes to star as the Caped Crusader opposite Henry Cavill‘s Superman in the upcoming sequel for Man of Steel.

“I think it will be great. It will be terrific,” Damon told the Times of India. “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! [It’s] certainly within his skill set.”

That’s something Damon thinks Affleck has proven well with his latest roles: a CIA operative in Argo and a Boston bank robber The Town, both films that the actor also directed.

“All the work he’s been doing lately … [is] way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman!” Damon said. “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.”

Despite swirling speculation that he could suit up at Batman’s sidekick Robin, Damon said he won’t be re-teaming with Affleck — with whom he co-wrote and costarred in Good Will Hunting — for the superhero film.

“I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman,” Damon explained. “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.”

Well, shucks.