“For us it was always ‘Daredevil’ — that’s the comic we read when we were kids,” said Damon of the character that his longtime friend and collaborator Ben Affleck played on the big screen in 2003. “But when that one came along [in 2003] I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell. I hadn’t seen the director [Mark Steven Johnson’s] work and I didn’t know. So I just said, ‘No.’ Ben was like, ‘I gotta do it.’ And the movie ended up doing very well, even though I don’t think Ben was ultimately very proud of it.”
Despite the big screen “Daredevil’s” less than stellar reputation amongst comic book fans, both the actor and character have bounced back; Ben Affleck is playing Batman in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and Netflix’s “Daredevil” series (which features Charlie Cox in the title role) earned rave reviews and fan acclaim earlier this year.
But even though Damon is hesitant to play a superhero, he did jokingly reveal the specific circumstance that would get him to reconsider.
“If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil,’ I would be in,” said Damon, referring to the director of the blockbuster “Dark Knight” trilogy of films. “Just putting that out there.”
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