Bale jealous of Affleck's Batman
Christian Bale has revealed he was stunned into silence when he heard of Ben Affleck's Batman casting.
The Oscar-winning actor portrayed the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, while Ben will take the superhero role in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
"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," he told Empire.
"But I'm 40," Christian continued. "The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman... I think I should have gotten over it by now."
He added: "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."
The Dark Knight star next plays Moses in Ridley Scott's Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods And Kings.
"It's a little embarrassing to compare Moses to Batman," he said.
"There are similarities, you know, tragic beginning and then a heroic future. But Moses is a little more violent. I'm sure if there'd been guns around at that time, Bruce Wayne might have had a chance."