Christian Bale Has Not Watched Ben Affleck’s Batman Films: Why Does it Matter?
Since Christian Bale made headlines with his comments that he has not seen Ben Affleck’s Batman films, the entertainment and online media have jumped all over it. They are making it out to be something important and that should be an indicator to you of how the DC Cinematic Universe is doing. Why would Christian Bale, a former Batman, not see the latest incarnation of the character he previously played? It seems to be something the entertainment world thinks is important enough to write about, so they pushed this out as quick as possible.
Bale portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. These three films are widely considered by some to be the best examples of superhero cinema, especially in the Batman and DC Comics’ realm. Yet, it does not mean that Ben Affleck’s work as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League is bad whatsoever. It means he might have given a great performance and the film may have been well-made but it did not resonate with critics.
The idea Christian Bale is ignoring Ben Affleck’s work as Batman seems to stray a little bit away from the reality of things. Bale is a pretty busy actor. He currently has another movie, Hostiles, coming out and still has more movies to film such as Backseat and The Jungle Book. He is finishing up work on those two films currently. Yet, it does not mean Bale isn’t at least curious as to what Affleck has done in the role. While he’s admitted he has not seen the films, he did admit he’s interested in seeing them sometime in the future.
“I have not [seen Ben Affleck’s Batman],” Bale stated. “Yes, I’m interested [in seeing it], my son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see the trailer and that was it. And, you know, I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see.” He also said that he is not a fan overall of the growing superhero film genre.
“I have to confess I’m not a huge superhero film fan,” Bale stated. “People seem surprised at that, I don’t know why. I’ve not seen any of the Avengers films or any of those films at all. I hear they’re very good, but I’m quite happy just hearing they’re very good.” That doesn’t mean he’s not been a fan of Batman, though, as many might be trying to make the case now.
“I didn’t have any knowledge of the graphic novels or the comics,” Bale stated. “I wasn’t an avid fan, but when I had seen the Adam West series, I really enjoyed it. I had seen some of the other films. I was ambivalent about them. It was Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One that was such a surprise to me.”
Bale has made these types of comments in the past. None of them are new. He’s said he loved other graphic novels such as Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum. And Affleck and Bale don’t seem to have any bad blood between them as Affleck recalled a story where the two met in a costume shop.
“And I hear like, ‘Aye, Ben, is that you?’” Affleck stated. “And the first thing I turn around and look and it’s Christian Bale, and the first thing I thought was like, ‘Christian Bale’s British?’” Affleck stated that Bale had some practical advice for him in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
“You know, he’s, I think he’s a brilliant actor, I admire him enormously, I think he’s fantastic, you know, and Chris Nolan did an amazing job with the previous version, so I was very much kind of like. ‘awe man, we can never do what you did,’ and he was very sweet and very kind to me, and he was like, ‘look, mate, just make sure you got a zipper in that suit, I couldn’t piss for three movies in my suit.’”
It sounds like the two men don’t have any problems together. Yet, Affleck’s future as the Caped Crusader has been up in the air recently. He has gone back and forth about playing Batman in any future films. While many fans hope he returns, nothing will be definitive until it’s announced. In the meantime, the feud narrative between Bale and Affleck about how the former hasn’t seen the latter’s portrayal of The Dark Knight seems to be complete and utter rubbish.
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