Matt Damon Has a Busy Schedule (Which Doesn’t Include Playing Robin)

He'll star in the new Christopher Nolan movie and try his hand at directing

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Matt Damon at the "Elysium" press conference at the Conrad Seoul on Aug. 14, 2013, in Seoul

It’s official: Matt Damon will not be playing Robin to Ben Affleck’s Batman.

While taking a few minutes to tell The Times of India he thought Affleck—with whom he’ll be forever linked  because of Good Will Hunting—would be “great” and “terrific” in the role of a brooding Dark Knight, Damon also put an end to any fun speculation that he’d play his sidekick. “It’s safe to say I won’t be Robin,” he said. “I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman.”

(READ: Richard Corliss on Elysium)

He did offer plenty of support for Affleck, however, reminding folks we’re talking only about the silly role of a superhero. “I know there are a lot of people grousing on the Internet. I just think it’s kind of funny,” Damon said. “You know, he not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! [That’s] 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.”

So while we can’t really tell if Damon’s a fan of the actual Batman role or not, we do know he’s a fan of Christopher Nolan, who directed the most recent Batman trilogy. If the newfound reports come to fruition, Damon will team up with the director (and stars Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain) for a supporting role in Nolan’s time-travel tale, Interstellar. The movie, with Damon’s part filmed in Iceland, also features Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, John Lithgow and Topher Grace. Since Damon can walk into any size role with the ease unlike many, expect excitement all around for any spot in the new movie, no matter which time period Nolan places him in.

(READ: Ben Affleck as Batman: Seven Reasons Fans Are Unhappy)

Since Interstellar won’t take up more than a few weeks of his time, expect to see Damon behind the camera, making a directorial debut—if he can work out all the contractual nitty-gritty, as The Playlist first reported—with A Foreigner. The script, penned by Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio, is based on a New Yorker article about a series of assassinations that rocked Guatemala in 2009.

With everything reportedly on his plate already, there’s simply no room for Damon as a sidekick.

27 comments
Covarr
Covarr

"with whom he’ll be forever linked  because of Good Will Hunting"

Well, that, and Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Chasing Amy, and School Ties, and Glory Daze, and The Third Wheel... The two have been in a lot together, even if one or the other is just there to cameo. Heck, they even founded a production company together. I'd say they've got more than just Good Will Hunting going for 'em.

Ronnie_Matrix
Ronnie_Matrix

@TIME Busy schedule keeps Matt Damon out but I wanted him to take that role.

DanBruce
DanBruce

Hopefully, Matt Damon will be so busy making believe he won't have time to burden us with his double standards in real life. For example, he advocates public schools for others, but sends his kids to a private school. Then, in a recent interview on BBC Arabic, he said about Snowden, "On balance, I think that it's a great thing that he did ... If we're going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make." Of course, it didn't seem to bother Damon that Snowden bypassed by his actions the collective decision-making process of the American people who voted for those they wanted to be making national security decisions. Let's hope Matt sticks to the movie business until he figures out that he can't say one thing and do another and have any credibility.

badlydrawndobs
badlydrawndobs

@TIME Matt Damon's too old to be running around in Robin's get-up anyways

Muhammad192217
Muhammad192217

@TIME That's good. Jason Born in the next installment? That would be good.