Two of the biggest bits of action movie franchise news dropped over the past week—first, that Ben Affleck would indeed be the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel; second, that Matt Damon is in talks to return for a fifth film in the Bourne franchise, after the Jeremy Renner-starring The Bourne Legacy didn’t exactly set the box office on fire.
While currently doing the PR work for Elysium in India, Coming Soon reports that Damon has spoken out about both—defending his friend Affleck as the new Batman (and discussing how whoever plays Batman isn’t big a deal because, well, it’s just Batman), and talking about how he doesn’t mind that Universal tossed off a Bourne film with another star.
Concerning Affleck as Batman:
“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… But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”
Adding to that, while he would not discuss the rumors that he was in negotiations for a new Bourne film, he did mention that he has no hard feelings about The Bourne Legacy:
“They were just trying to revitalize that franchise and I didn’t mind at all…It didn’t have anything to do with the movie that I made. It makes sense for a studio to keep those franchises as alive as they can, it makes business sense for them. I don’t begrudge anybody for that. I am a huge fan of Jeremy. I don’t equate my Bourne movie with his. He didn’t play the part of Jason Bourne. It’s a totally different thing.”
What do you think of Damon’s opinions?