Christian Bale Talks Batkid and Ben Affleck as Batman; Reveals Advice He Gave to Affleck

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One of the themes of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy capping The Dark Knight Rises was that Batman is a symbol that is bigger than any one person, and that theme manifested itself last week in the heartwarming story of BatKid.  As part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco rallied around a young boy suffering from Leukemia who wanted to be Batman for a day.  The result was a wonderful bit of role playing in which BatKid got to save the day in front of hundreds of onlookers, thwarting evil bank robbing villains and working alongside his younger brother, who played Robin.

The new Batman Ben Affleck weighed in on the event on Twitter by calling Batkid “the best Batman ever,” and now Christian Bale has shared his thoughts on the matter, also revealing the advice he shared with Affleck about taking over the role for Batman vs. Superman.  Hit the jump to read on.

batkidSpeaking with Access Hollywood, Bale was delighted by the Batkid story:

“I just think it’s great. It’s a great day for the little guy. I just think Make-A-Wish and San Francisco did such an amazing thing to organize that. You just think of the delight in that little fella’s heart, running around doing that. Then also as someone who has played Batman, it’s great to see that the symbol of Batman is so much bigger than any one person, than any film, than any comic book, any TV series, that’s really what it’s all about. It’s irrelevant which actor is playing it, we’re irrelevant in that sense. But for little Miles to have such a great day is just delightful.”

While the subject of Batman was on the table, Bale also offered up his thoughts on Ben Affleck taking over the role for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel follow-up:

“I wish him all the best. He’s a very experienced actor and filmmaker and he’ll make it his own. Our thing’s finished, we’ve always declared it was finished and it should be passed on to another actor and it will be again after him.”

The actor also revealed that he already shared some very wise advice with Affleck about playing the classic comics character:

“The only thing I said to him is just make sure he can take a piss without anyone having to help him. Because it’s a little bit humiliating, at least what I went through, when you have to have someone help you out of the costume. That was my main piece of advice for him”

Watch the video interview below.

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  • Nemesis11

    As much excited I am about getting to see batman again in MOS2 I have to say that I will miss Christian bale. I know some people have issues with his batman’s voice but goddammit he truly rocked the part. will be hard to imagine someone else in the role.

    • axalon

      Not just a great Batman but also a great Bruce Wayne. He had to play the straight man next to all those crazies. Not an easy thing to do.

    • MIXTER

      Whilst I have some issues with parts of the Nolan films, they were still a fantastic series. Flawed yes, but still great and unique. My main beef is that to me, it was left unfinished. I don’t just mean the set up for a sequel, it ended on interesting terms. But I feel the series missed out on some great opportunities, and villains.

      Riddler, Penguin and Freeze. I think one more great movie
      could redeem some of what went wrong in the third. I also don’t see why we cant still have another Nolan batfilm along side the new Afflek film, they are separate entities after all, and it clearly has an an insanely loyal fan base, which = $£$£$

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Christian Bale is what happened the best to Batman since Keaton.
      He is such a gifted actor.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Christian Bale is what happened the best to Batman since Keaton.
      He is such a gifted actor.

  • blablacomputer

    Its strange to hear Christian Bale talking in his British accent.

  • eternalozzie

    Bale was a good Batman … I only dislike what Nolan did to the characters/world. Bale is more ego than man these days.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Don’t sacrifice suit quality so that Ben can piss. Be method damn it and piss in the suit if you have to.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Don’t sacrifice suit quality so that Ben can piss. Be method damn it and piss in the suit if you have to.

  • Django9000

    Alfred.
    “Yes, suh.”
    I need to … Number 1.
    “Say no mo’ Master Bruce. I’ll have Lucius send in the cavalcade, to give you an opening.”
    “Oh, and one more thing, Master Bruce.”
    Make it quick, Alfred. Time is of the essence.
    “… Ben Affleck has called and requested you turn over the cowl.”

    … Nng. …uh… That call to Lucius won’t be necessary anymore, Alfred. … Things just took care of themselves. Perhaps have him focus on that filtration system. Gross…

  • cloud720

    So Affleck says Batkid is the best batman ever?
    I think we can all agree Batkid makes a better batman than Affleck.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Are you from the future?

    • cimmerian

      So we can all agree your reading comprehension is terrible? The interview was with Bale.

      • cloud720

        The new Batman Ben Affleck weighed in on the event on Twitter by calling Batkid “the best Batman ever,”

        I read the article, not just the headline.

      • cloud720

        The new Batman Ben Affleck weighed in on the event on Twitter by calling Batkid “the best Batman ever,”

        I read the article, not just the headline.

      • cimmerian

        You have no idea how much it pains me to admit you’re right about the twitter thing and apologize. But you will when Superman-Batman turns out to be the most awesome shit ever.

      • cimmerian

        You have no idea how much it pains me to admit you’re right about the twitter thing and apologize. But you will when Superman-Batman turns out to be the most awesome shit ever.

    • cimmerian

      So we can all agree your reading comprehension is terrible? The interview was with Bale.

  • Hugh Jackman mate

    “So Affleck, you’re gonna be Batman? Ohhhhh, goooood for you! You are trashing my scene! You do it one more f—g time and I ain’t walking on this set if
    you’re still hired. I’m f—g serious. You’re a nice guy. You’re a
    nice guy, but that don’t f—g cut it when you’re f—g around like
    this on set.”

  • Hugh Jackman mate

    “So Affleck, you’re gonna be Batman? Ohhhhh, goooood for you! You are trashing my scene! You do it one more f—g time and I ain’t walking on this set if
    you’re still hired. I’m f—g serious. You’re a nice guy. You’re a
    nice guy, but that don’t f—g cut it when you’re f—g around like
    this on set.”

  • Chistopher nolan

    Man, Christan bale, not only does he have a stupid name, but he was a terrible bruce wayne and an abysmal batman. That batman voice…..pathetic.

    • the truth

      Agreed!

    • the truth

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    • the truth

      By the way, I think trolls are super sexy. Are you free Saturday night?

  • Chistopher nolan

    Man, Christan bale, not only does he have a stupid name, but he was a terrible bruce wayne and an abysmal batman. That batman voice…..pathetic..

    • the truth

      Agreed!!!

  • J.J. Abrams

    That batkid should have been a batman villain, he butt ass ugly and looks like he is going to be a punk bully shit head.

    • Andrew P

      Hey jj, your star wars will not be official star wars, it going to be utter craptitude!

      • the truth

        Agreed!!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        You must be Hagrid. Right ?

    • Dr. Drew

      DAYUM!

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  • Chris Nolan

    Also, does anybody know of a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN! LULZ! ;-).

    • the truth

      Ha, ha! So true . . . .So true.

      • the truth

        Is this mic on? Anybody? Anybody? I like to troll Collider with multiple screen names making the same pointless joke over and over again and capping it off with a nice “LULZ” which only time-traveling 10-year-olds from the year 2005 think is funny.

        I respond to my own posts when nobody else does. Does that make me pathetic? Prolly. But the chances are good that a girl may one day take pity on me and let me see her boobies.

        Oh yea… CORN.

      • the truth

        Is this mic on? Anybody? Anybody? I like to troll Collider with multiple screen names making the same pointless joke over and over again and capping it off with a nice “LULZ” which only time-traveling 10-year-olds from the year 2005 think is funny.

        I respond to my own posts when nobody else does. Does that make me pathetic? Prolly. But the chances are good that a girl may one day take pity on me and let me see her boobies.

        Oh yea… CORN.

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