Matt Damon has backed the contentious plans to cast Ben Affleck as the latest Batman, telling disgruntled fans of the popular franchise, "It's not King Lear."
On Friday, director Zack Snyder announced he wants the Daredevil star to play the Caped Crusader in a sequel to Superman movie Man of Steel.
The unforeseen news sparked anger, outrage and pandemonium among many fans of the franchise, and an online petition to block the move had attracted more than 80,000 signatures.
Now, Affleck's crony Damon has spoken out to silence critics, insisting the role is not a demanding one and is well within his friend's "skill set".
The 42 year-old actor tells The Times of India, "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... But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."