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Damon: I'm not Affleck's Robin

Matt Damon has laughed off rumours that he would play Robin to Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel.

With Ben already on board to portray the caped crusader in Zack Snyder's follow-up, there had been speculation that his best friend Matt could be joining him on screen.

But the Elysium star told the Times Of India: "I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. But it's safe to say I won't be Robin."

Matt - who next stars in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem and George Clooney's World War II film The Monuments Men - reckoned his Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting co-star would be "terrific" in the role.

"I think it will be great. It will be terrific," he said.

"I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I 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."

The 42-year-old added: "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."

Matt, who's rumoured to return to the Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass, also revealed he bears no ill will towards Jeremy Renner, who starred in fourth film The Bourne Legacy.

"They were just trying to revitalise that franchise and I didn't mind at all. I am a huge fan of Jeremy. I don't equate my Bourne movie with his. He didn't play the part of Jason Bourne. It's a totally different thing," he said.

Man Of Steel 2, which sees Superman face off with Batman, will be released in 2015.

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