“Both Elliott and Chuck are creative forces who bring an extraordinary vision to the material and we are very excited to be a part of it”, Damon, 44, and Affleck, 43, said in a joint statement. I hadn’t seen the director’s work and I didn’t know.
Matt, 44, also revealed that he never worries about his career tanking because he sees how 43-year-old Ben – who has now landed the role of superhero Batman – bounced back from a series of flops, including his disastrous “Gigli” with former fiancée Jennifer Lopez.
In fact, the one superhero he wanted to play ultimately went to Affleck after Damon failed to share Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson’s enthusiasm for the comic book adaptation.
“I think he approached it the right way, which is, ‘Can I make a great superhero movie?’ rather than, ‘Do I want to play a superhero?’ I’d consider it if the right thing came along.”
I don’t believe I’ve ever heard that Damon turned down the role before, which is interesting. “If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil, ‘ I would be in”, he added. “Just putting that out there”.
Despite this, Matt said he would be happy to assume the role if Nolan could be attracted to the film.
However, if Christopher Nolan were to direct a new film centered around the blind hero, Damon would jump at the opportunity. “We are extremely pleased to continue our collaboration with Matt and Ben”, HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said.
Season 2 of Marvel’s “Daredevil” premieres on Netflix in 2016, as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is set for March 25, 2016.