Ever since Ben Affleck was cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have been wondering how he’ll measure up to the previous Dark Knight, Christian Bale. During Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con panel, Affleck admitted that he had the same concern — and revealed the off-color advice that Bale gave him for playing Batman.
“If I thought too hard about the actors who played the part before, I couldn’t take the job,“ the actor told the Comic-Con crowd. "George Clooney did great, Christian Bale…”
However, director Zack Snyder convinced Affleck that he had a totally new vision for Bruce Wayne: “He’s at the end of his rope. He’s older; he’s burned out.” And, Snyder told Affleck, “you’re perfect for it.”
Months after the casting news had been announced, Affleck came face-to-face with retired Batman Bale — in, of all places, a Halloween costume store, where Affleck was buying a Batman outfit for his son.
“I was in the aisle and there was this ‘Oy’, and I turn around and it’s Christian Bale. He’s the sweetest guy,” said Affleck. “There he and I were standing in the Batman aisle of the costume store. I said, ‘Look, man, you’re the best. You got any tips?’”
Parroting Bale’s British accent, Affleck revealed his priceless advice: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.’”
The best part of the story? Bale was also in the costume shop to buy his son a Batman suit. “He doesn’t just hang out [in the Batman aisle],” Affleck was sure to clarify.
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