Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck As Batman, Plus: Read the Unused 'Batman vs. Superman' Script from 2002

Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck As Batman, Plus: Read the Unused 'Batman vs. Superman' Script from 2002

Aug 28, 2013

When news that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in a new Superman movie broke last week, the Internet first exploded in outrage – and then started cracking jokes about how this development surely meant Matt Damon would be playing Robin. Some PhotoShop wiz even went so far as to doctor a photo from the old TV series with Affleck’s head on Adam West’s body and Damon’s on Burt Ward (see above). It was all pretty amusing – even more amusing when you think of a Damon and Affleck Bat-film as a quasi-sequel to Good Will Hunting. Admit it, you’ve always wondered what those kids got up to for all these years.

Alas, while the idea of Damon joining his friend as the Boy Wonder sounds pretty hilarious in theory, Damon has quashed that speculation and weighed in on all the Internet complaining in a recent interview with the Times of India.

Here are his thoughts on fan outrage over his friend’s casting:

“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."

My reaction has been mostly the same. I know fanboys love to act like Batman is some kind of richly drawn Shakespearean character, but come on – it’s Batman. To be fair, though, donning the cowl isn’t quite as simple as Damon makes it out to be. Otherwise we’d all still be raving about Clooney and Kilmer’s turns behind the mask. I think what really matters is the script, and I think Affleck will probably do well as Bruce Wayne.

As to his potential involvement, Damon offered up this:

“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."

While he may be a little older than Affleck, Damon pulled off playing a much younger man in this summer’s Liberace film Behind the Candelabra, so it could work…

That being said, if Damon is out, how long do we have to wait before the Internet concocts a “Jennifer Lopez as Catwoman” scenario? [via JoBlo]

Read the Full Script for the Aborted Batman vs. Superman: Asylum  from 2002

Nearly a decade ago, the people at DC were looking for ways to bring the Dark Knight back to the big screen. One of the ideas they had back then was to have Batman square off against Superman in a battle for the ages – and they got as far as commissioning screenplays – one of which has now turned up online.

Written by Se7en’s Andrew Kevin Walker, this idea never got past the script stage. I’ve not had time to read it yet, but if you’re curious as to whether or not it was any good, you can check it out for yourself below. [via Comic Book Movie]

Batman vs. Superman Asylum screenplay

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