Christian Bale has admitted that he felt “jealous” when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman.
Bale played the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy of Batman films, which were released between 2005 and 2012. Within a year of Bale’s final outing as Batman, it was announced that the superhero also known as Bruce Wayne would appear in the sequel to Man Of Steel, since titled Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, with Affleck taking on the iconic role.
“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’,” Bale revealed in an interview with Empire. “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.”
Continuing, Bale said of his feelings towards relinquishing the role: “But 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.”
Affleck is currently shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice in Detroit, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The eagerly-anticipated superhero sequel is set for release on March 25, 2016.
Videos of the Batmobile on set were recently leaked online and can be viewed here.