Christian Bale speelde in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight-trilogie de rol van Batman. In Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman zal de rol worden overgenomen door Ben Affleck. Bale heeft zich nog niet eerder uitgelaten over de castingkeuze maar heeft wel wat advies voor Affleck. Zo zei de acteur:
“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 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.”
Bale sprak tevens over zijn beruchte “Batman voice” uit The Dark Knight-trilogie, welke vaak belachelijk werd gemaakt, bekritiseerd en geparodieerd. Hier is wat hij zei:
“I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer’s suit. It didn’t even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went ‘I feel like an idiot.’ What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go ‘Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I’m dressed as a bat.’ Of course, he’s meant to be doing this. If you look at the history of the guy and the pain that he went through. I went ‘I can’t do this in a normal voice. I have to become a beast in order to sell this to myself. I went home that evening, and my wife said, ‘How’d it go?’ I went, ‘I kind of did this.’ And I showed her, and she went, ‘Oh, you f—ed that one up, didn’t you?’ Thank God they went for it.”
Hieruit kwam tevens een advies voor Affleck:
“[The voice] ain’t for everybody. Ben’s obviously going to have to do his own thing, but it was the only way that I could find how to get into that and to justify wearing the fricking Batsuit. Otherwise, he’s just loopy beyond belief. He’s loopy, but he’s loopy with a method to his madness.”
Batman v Superman verschijnt op 17 juli 2015 in de bioscopen.