Christian Bale Admitted That He Was Jealous of Ben Affleck When He Was First Cast as Batman

With the idea that someone else would be inheriting Batman’s mantle, Bale felt a tinge of jealousy at the thought. The feeling tempted him to don the cape once more.

Christian Bale led one of the most successful Batman franchises to date in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The actor put seven years of work into the character and helped Batman become the first billion-dollar superhero film at the time. Although Bale felt fine retiring the character at the end of his run, things temporarily changed when he learned about Ben Affleck’s casting in the role.

“I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy,” Bale said. “(Director Christopher Nolan) did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.’”