Matt Damon is one of the best/hottest actors around right now and was asked if he would consider being in one of the biggest genres at the moment a superhero movie which he stated:
“I’d consider anything with the right director, but I can’t imagine there are any superheroes left, I think they’re all taken at this moment.”
Damon then revealed who that "right director" could be:
Which makes sense, as Damon and Affleck are good friends that broke into the Hollywood A-list together in 1997 for writing and starring in Good Will Hunting, but also said:
"The problem with Ben is every time he directs a movie, he gives himself the best role in it, so until he’s willing to give up the best role to one of his friends, we’re not going to get on with it.”
Which at first made me think, oh well it's probably not going to happen but then I realized that in a Batman movie the villain is considered the best role, which means Matt could be in a movie but as the bad guy. This doesn't just go for Batman movies either — at some point, Ben Affleck will direct a Justice League movie, so the possibilities are endless of who he could be in the DCEU.
I have put together a list of four badass villains that Damon could be and who would be amazing in a Ben Affleck-directed film.
If you don't know who Hush is spoilers are ahead and I would recommend you to read Batman: Hush.
If you want to know more about Hush click here.
But the major things you need to know about Hush is he is Dr. Thomas Elliot, the childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, and with the help of the Riddler they manipulated several other villains into unwittingly helping them with their plan to take down Batman. These included: the Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Killer Croc and Clayface. And even manipulated some of Batman's closest allies: Superman, Huntress, and Catwoman against Batman.
He is also known for tracking and killing several people to make his face identical to that of Bruce Wayne's to literally steal his identity.
This character is an extremely interesting premise and would be interesting for real friends Ben and Matt to play childhood friends turned enemies. Hush does something not many people have ever done — outsmart Batman. He was several steps ahead at all times and is an interesting concept. This story also shows Batman's detective skills more than just punching things.
In short, Hush is a great character that is a perfect if for the tone of this new Batman and would be a different kind of villain for Batman to face.
3. Vandal Savage
Vandal Savage is immortal and he has plagued the earth since before the beginning of recorded human history. He is a brilliant tactician with immense technological prowess and he is one of the most persistent villains that has fought hundreds of heroes throughout history.
You might remember Vandal from the DCTV universe (Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) first appearing in The Flash, then Arrow before becoming the main antagonist of Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow. There is this theory around characters that have appeared in the DCTV universe and is that some characters are introduced to test certain characters before making their film debuts. A great example would be Suicide Squad, who appeared in Arrow Season 2 & 3 before becoming a movie, and the characters that are going to appear in that movie — Deadshot and Amanda Waller — have been killed off in Arrow. This has created the theory that big characters (Zoom, Gorilla Grodd, Hawkman, Vandal Savage, etc.) have appeared in the DCTV universe as setups for the films. Now it is only a theory, but actually makes some sense as it is advertising characters to audiences while also making good television.
Vandal Savage isn't a Batman Villain, but a DC villain; he has fought everybody, but the reason he is on this list is because he was the main antagonist of the DC animated film Justice League: Doom. In the movie, he recruits several other villains to create a team (called The Legion of Doom) to take out the Justice League and is this rich, badass immortal who cannot be stopped.
Vandal Savage could easily become the recurring thorn in the Justice League's side, something that originally Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor Jr. was probably supposed to be. As for Vandal Savage, being immortal gives more sense to why he cannot be stopped.
If Matt Damon was given this role he would be more than happy because he can show up in any period — past, present or future — and would always be intimidating thanks to the confidence that immortality gives you.
Deathstroke world's greatest assassin — should I say any more? Matt Damon has already played a great assassin as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and would be fitting that his DC character is the best assassin there is.
Deathstroke has defeated every single Justice League member, a feat no one else has done and has fought batman on several occasions.
Deathstroke would also work in this DCTV universe theory as he has already appeared in Arrow (Season 1 in a flashback, Season 2 as a main antagonist and Season 3 in one-off episode). A villain like Deathstroke could work on many levels in the entire universe. He and Batman have a rich rivalry (he actually knows Bruce's secret identity but doesn't care), he is also known for being in the Suicide Squad on occasion. There is much potential for Deathstroke in this universe and we all know Matt would rule!
1. John Wycliffe a.k.a. The Grandmaster
All the villains I've mentioned to this point have been franchise villains — the ones you expect to show up now and again. For some who want a different kind of villain a perfect choice for a one-off Big Bad would be John Wycliffe. You're probably be thinking: Who?
He is one of many people to go by the persona The Grandmaster, who, if you don't know, is the leader of The Court of Owls. I would recommend you read Batman: Court of Owls if you haven't read it.
But to keep it simple:
They have secretly existed since colonial times in Gotham City and are an old organization that has controlled Gotham City for centuries. They are a violent cabal of some of Gotham City's oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history. Their bases of operation are hidden in some of the city's oldest structures. A nursery rhyme describing them has been passed down through Gotham's generations.
The Court of Owls is a mystery-based story that is perfect for a film adaptation and something that would need a face like Matt Damon to lead. Even though it isn't a franchise-building role, it is a dream character and story.
What Do You Think?
There are many characters in DC's possession, these are just my personal suggestions. What are yours? Let me know!