Christian Bale recently revealed his thoughts on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman to Empire Magazine, and apparently he was as surprised as the rest of us!

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 doesn’t specify if ‘doing another one’ was a continuation of Nolan’s trilogy or Bale himself in Batman v Superman. I doubt the latter, as it would cause all kinds of continuity problems. Bale then adds:

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.

Christian Bale was the most recent actor to wear the Batsuit, and some believe the best. The only real complaint people had was the voice, but he stuck with it, and now the voice seems to be as much of the character as anything else! Affleck has a long list of fantastic performances to live up to, such as Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and Christian Bale; and some not so great ones, like George Clooney.

Ben Affleck being cast as Batman caused a considerable amount of controversy when it was first revealed.  People were worried he was too big of a star, that he was too old, that he didn’t have the acting chops. But things seem to have cooled off now, and more and more people are getting on board. This incarnation of Batman is an older one. Affleck has proved his acting ability lately with films such as Argo and Gone Girl. And the picture of him suited up didn’t hurt either.

However you feel about Batffleck, one thing is for sure, this version of Batman will be like any other we’ve seen thus far. Plus, he’s got the chin for it.