12/03/2014 11:49 am ET

Christian Bale Was Never Asked To Return As Batman

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We already know Christian Bale is still fighting feelings of jealousy over Ben Affleck playing Batman. But the "Exodus: Gods and Kings" actor revealed that he was never even asked to play the Dark Knight again.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Bale denied rumors that he was approached about reprising the role. "People were talking about this obscene amount of money they were saying was thrown at me," Bale said. "No. I didn’t have a single conversation with anybody about ever playing the role again."

Back in August of 2013, it was reported that Bale had been offered close to $60 million to play Batman again.

Not that he would want to suit up anyway: "Batman ... Man, I'm sick of that!" the actor said of the fight choreography from the films, one of which left him with a herniated disk. "You’ve done it 100 times and you’re just getting slower and slower, and sloppier and people are really starting to punch you."

Still though, Bale has had a tough time letting the Caped Crusader go. In an interview with Empire last week, the actor said that a part of him always wanted to do another "Batman" film. Upon learning of Affleck's casting, Bale "stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour." We'd probably have done the same.

For the full interview with Christian Bale, head over to Esquire.



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