Call it a case of actor's remorse. Even though Christian Bale had given up on the idea of ever playing Batman again, part of his soul sunk into a dark state when he heard that Ben Affleck had been chosen for the role of the Dark Knight in the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In an interview with Empire magazine Bale talked about the mixed emotions and frustrations he felt when he heard about Affleck's Bat-casting:
"I've got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, 'Oh go on... Let's do another.' So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour."
Bale still has trouble listening to his heart cry for the role while his head tells him to man up and get over it:
"But I'm 40. The fact that I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman...I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven't spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did."
No word about whether Ben Affleck ever e-mailed back with a thank you or advice of his own. Affleck undoubtedly will put his own unique stamp on the role and Bale will either love it or hate it, and probably comment on it- leaving us with two sad Batmen reflecting on the end of a good role.