Ben Affleck’s never been one to take himself too seriously & and in a Red Nose Day video, the actor attempts to recreate Christian Bale’s famous gravelly Batman voice. The debate as to which of the actors performed best as the Caped Crusader will likely continue until the end of time but the success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy means that Christian Bale is a firm favorite. This is somewhat unfortunate for current Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck, who portrayed the character in Batman V/s Superman: Dawn of Justice and will appear in the forthcoming solo movie– The Batman.
Never ones to miss a golden comic opportunity, Red Nose Day have taken the controversial ‘best Batman’ debate & made it the focus of a short skit as part of this year’s event. For those unaware, Red Nose Day is a telethon from Comic Relief that brings together a host of comedians & A-list celebrities to take part in a variety of comedic sketches to encourage viewers to donate money to very worthy causes. (Like Live Aid but with jokes instead of U2.) The event was originally conceived in the United Kingdom by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Blackadder) & has recently made the move over to North American shores.
And Ben Affleck’s contribution to this event (via Batman-News) certainly hits the mark. The video sees a young Batman fan ask the actor to perform the superhero’s famous voice, before stressing
No! Do it the way Christian Bale does it.” Although Affleck gamely obliges, the kid decides he would just rather hear Bale himself do it, to which the actor brilliantly replies “Well, he was unavailable, so…
Not only is the video sure to raise a smile from Batman fans but it is also highly pleasing to see Affleck make a joke at his own expense, especially since he is probably sick of the ‘We’d rather have Bale’ jibes. Some actors may be unwilling to poke fun at themselves in such a way & Affleck is a good sport for playing along in the spirit the sketch is intended.
The superhero genre and the Marvel vs DC rivalry, in particular, has a habit of becoming a little too serious at times & can lose perspective of the fact that these stories are just meant for our entertainment. As such, videos like this are very refreshing and the perfect anecdote to a sometimes cynical movie business.
With that being said, if Ben Affleck starts sounding like a Christian Bale impersonator in The Batman, we know which kid to blame.