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

     November 18, 2013


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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