Ben Affleck and Matt Damon at 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Premiere After-Party on July 25, 2007Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The recent announcement that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel has had fans in a tizzy, with some going so far as to create a White House petition to stop production. (Yay, democracy!)

One guy who won't be joining the 2015 movie is Matt Damon, who denies the pie-in-the-sky idea that he would play Robin -- and also has Affleck's back when it comes to all the Internet hubbub.

About his Oscar-winning pal, Damon tells the Times of India, "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."

While we don't dispute that Bruce Wayne is the soul of Batman, it seems that Damon's giving short shrift to the challenges of playing the tortured superhero. Still, it's nice to see him get behind his famous friend.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose character in "The Dark Knight Rises" seemed prime to take over Caped Crusader duties from grumbly Christian Bale, has also thrown himself into the pro-Affleck camp. The dreamy "Don Jon" triple threat took a second to chat Batfleck on the VMAs red carpet Sunday night, saying, "That's gonna be great."

[via Times of India, E! Online]
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