Former Batman Christian Bale has thrown his support behind Ben Affleck and offered the actor/director some helpful advice as he prepares to take over the superhero role.
The British actor played the Caped Crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but stepped down after the release of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
Affleck has signed up to take over the role in upcoming blockbuster Batman vs. Superman, prompting a furious reaction from some fans who called for the star to be dropped from the film.
They even released a petition demanding his removal from the cast, but the Oscar-winner has now received the seal of approval from his predecessor.
Bale tells Accesshollywood.com, “I wish him all the best. He’s a very experienced actor and filmmaker. He’ll make it his own. It should be passed on to another actor and will be again after him.”
The star also reveals he spoke to Affleck and gave him some helpful hints about working in the character’s skintight costume, adding, “(I told him) just make sure you can [urinate] without anyone helping him because it’s a little bit humiliating. I went through having to have someone help you out of the costume in order to be able to do that. That was my main piece of advice for him.”
Batman vs. Superman, which will pit Affleck’s character against Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, is due to hit cinemas in 2015.
(MTV)—In the summer of 2015, Ben Affleck will be able to say “I’m Batman,” when he faces off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel.
Warner Bros. announced Thursday night that the Academy Award winner, who was once rumored to direct a “Justice League” film for the studio and DC Comics, will don the cowl as Bruce Wayne, replacing Christian Bale after his iconic three-movie run as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight.
The news came as somewhat of a shock to fans who have been following the casting rumors closely after director Zack Snyder announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that the follow-up to his Superman reboot would pit the two heroes against each other. Early casting rumors named actors like Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as potential candidates. Read more>>
The cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” have lent their voices to the growing list of public figures speaking out against the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Leading actors Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway have both released official statements condemning the violence, which took place during a showing of their new film.
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” said Bale in a statement. “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
Hathaway echoed Christian’s sentiments in her own statement, saying:
“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” she said.
Director Christopher Nolan also shared his thoughts:
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” he said. “The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me,” he added.