Many comic book fans are aware that Tim Burton’s Batman was originally going to include the character of Robin. What those fans might not have been aware of, until now, is that both Ben Affleck and his good friend Matt Damon originally auditioned for the role in their youth.
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Affleck revealed that he and Damon used to audition for a lot of the same roles back when they had the same agent. One of those roles was for a secret project, which ended up being the 1989 Batman film starring Michael Keaton.
“We both auditioned for Robin, and we were both pretty sure we got the part,” Affleck said with a laugh. “I wish to God he had gotten that part!”
Though Robin ended up not being used in the film at all, the series later went on to introduce an older version of the character in Batman Forever, who was played by Chris O’Donnell.
Kimmel went on to joke about how Affleck and Matt Damon’s have turned out over the years, with one having a far more significant role in a comic book franchise than the other.
““That’s so sad though, in a way, that you went on to become Batman — not only didn’t he get to be Robin, he’s like begging for little bit parts in Thor.”
Kimmel is referring to Matt Damon’s recent cameo in Thor: Ragnarok, where he played an Asgardian actor dressed as Loki.
Affleck will be making his next appearance as Batman in the upcoming Justice League film.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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