Two of the biggest bits of movie franchise news dropped recently - first, that would indeed be the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; second, that is in talks to return for a fifth movie in the Bourne franchise, after the -starring The Bourne Legacy didn't exactly break records at the box office...
Speaking with the Times of India, Damon (not unexpectedly) had hopeful things to say about Affleck playing 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.
Aaah. As is pretty much always the case with Damon, he's exactly right. And Damon as Robin would have been the icing on the cake. But that's officially a no-go. And while he didn't address the recent rumors that he may be returning to the Bourne franchise with director either, he did reiterate that he has no ill will towards Renner or The Bourne Legacy as a whole:
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.
Do you want Damon back for Bourne 5? And, are you sad that Damon won't be appearing as Robin in Batman vs. Superman? Sound off below!