For much of the past decade, the name Batman has been synonymous with one man – Christian Bale. Having played Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader for all three films in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, Bale was the rock on which that entire franchise was built and often doesn’t get enough credit for the job he did.
Now, Bale is out there doing press rounds for Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and during his first interviews he was asked about the next man to take on the cape and the cowl – Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. He tells Empire (via CBM) that when he first heard the news of them doing another Batman, he was a bit taken aback at first that he didn’t get to play Batman again:
“I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another’. So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”
The studio of course is going with a decidedly older and more burned out Batman for their new film, along with it being in an entirely different cinematic universe to the Dark Knight Films. Even so, Bale obviously still cares about the character and has already been in touch with Affleck to offer advice:
“I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman… I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven’t spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did.”