Although it's unclear whether Christian Bale was in talks to reprise his role as Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Oscar-winning actor confessed to Empire in the UK film magazine's latest print issue that he was "jealous" when he learned Ben Affleck would be donning the cape and cowl.
"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,'" said Bale, who starred as the Dark Knight in three films. "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.
"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."
Bale can next be seen in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, which opens on Dec. 12.