Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been attached at the hip since the came onto the scene at the same time and won an Oscar back in 1997 for Good Will Hunting. While they haven’t had an over-the-top bromance through the years, the dup remain best of friends off the screen and have shown support for one another, albeit not always publically.
But after Ben Affleck was cast as Batman for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, Damon has come out to publically support his pal after the internet has taken him to task over the pas week. Speaking with the Times of India, the Elysium actor threw his support behind ‘Batfleck’.
“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.”
Since Affleck and Damon have been pals for so long, the joke everyone thought they were telling for the first time this weekend involved Damon portraying Robin to Affleck’s Batman. Damon was asked about this and laughed off the jokes, saying he’s the one that should be Batman in that situation since he’s the older of the two.
“I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually. It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.”
It was only a matter of time before Damon threw his support behind Affleck as Batman and he joins a slew of celebrities to have done so. Joss Whedon tweeted that he thinks Affleck will “crush it” while former Batman Val Kilmer urged his twitter followers to give Affleck a chance in the role.
We won’t know how Affleck does until July 2015 but until then, the internet will have plenty of things to say about a role yet to be filmed.