Christian Bale jealous of Ben Affleck casting?

Well this is a surprise. Previous reports from reputable sources had mentioned Bale turning down Batman even after being offered a $50 Million dollar incentive. However in a recent interview Bale says he was in shock they had casted someone else and even mentioned he was considering making more.

Bale mentions:

“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.’ 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,” he adds. “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.”

This is very different from what we were led to believe. I know many people were begging for Bale to reclaim the Dark Knight mantle, what are your thoughts? Who would’ve been the better Batman?