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Wednesday
Aug282013

Matt Damon Defends Ben Affleck as Batman

Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The nerd rage has been heard far and wide ever since it was announced Ben Affleck would be playing Batman for the foreseeable future, but two more Hollywood stars have his back.

Matt Damon tells the Times of India his fellow Good Will Hunting screenplay Oscar winner will make a fine Caped Crusader.

"I think it will be great," Damon says. "It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the Internet," the actor said, saying of the Bat-lash, "I just think it's kind of funny."

Further riling some fans, Damon seemed to diss the Dark Knight, saying of Affleck, "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."

And as for the rumors that had Damon pairing with Affleck onscreen, Damon says, "It's safe to say I won't be Robin." He does allow that he's seen a Photoshopped picture of Affleck as Batman and Damon as the Boy Wonder, and he admitted, "It was really funny."

Meanwhile, Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- the man who played Robin, sort-of, in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, is also psyched about Affleck as Batman. "That's gonna be great," the 32-year-old actor told E! News.

Another veteran of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy was surprised about Affleck's new gig.

Morgan Freeman told USA Today, "My first reactions are 'Wow' and 'Good luck," he said of his former Sum of All Fears co-star.

"After the trilogy, I thought that no one would try it again for a few years more to let this whole thing die down, because it's still there...I hope Ben does well."

And no, Freeman doesn't think he'll be asked to reprise his role as Wayne's confidant/gadget man Lucius Fox.

"If you are going to change the lead character, you're probably going to change all the characters," he suspected.

The yet-to-be-officially-titled film will bring Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen. The film, so far referred to as Superman Vs. Batman, will be directed by Zack Snyder, and will also bring back Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

There are also rumors that Bryan Cranston will star in the sequel as Lex Luthor, though Warner Brother hasn't confirmed those reports.

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