Christian Bale is excited for 'fantastic' Robert Pattinson to play Batman (exclusive)

After donning the Dark Knight's iconic cape and cowl in a trio of celebrated Batman films, fans are understandably curious how Christian Bale feels about Robert Pattinson taking on the beloved role.

As it turns out, Bale thinks it's a pretty great decision, and he seems to have a lot of confidence in the 33-year-old star's ability to take up the mantle of the Caped Crusader.

ET's Ash Crossan spoke with the Oscar-winner at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and he opened up about the headling-grabbing casting news.

"All the best to him! You know, I think he's an absolutely fantastic actor," Bale marveled. "Wonderful choice for Batman!"

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Actress Sibi Blazic, guest and ctor Christian Bale attend The World Premiere of Lucasfilm's highly anticipated, first-ever, standalone Star Wars adventure, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' at the Pantages Theatre on December 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Marc Flores/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic are seen on October 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Christian Bale (L) and Sibi Blazic attend the 'The Promise' premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Irish Director Jim Sheridan, producer Mike Medavoy and actor Christian Bale at the The Promise TIFF party hosted by GREY GOOSE Vodka and Soho House Toronto on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Vodka )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the premiere of Broad Green Pictures' 'Knight Of Cups' on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) Teresa Palmer, Freida Pinto and Christian Bale arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Knight Of Cups' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actor Christian Bale posing at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actors Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling speak onstage at the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard and Christian Bale attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Christian Bale, Amy Schumer and director Adam McKay attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actor Christian Bale, winner of Best Actor in a Comedy for 'The Big Short,' speaks onstage during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Christian Bale attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 16th Annual AFI Awards on January 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Actor Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blazic arrive at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 02, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02:Actor Christian Bale arrives at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Bale and Pattinson are both at TIFF this year promoting their respective projects. Pattinson attended alongside his upcoming fantasy-horror art house project The Lighthouse, while Bale came out to support his upcoming historical biopic Ford v Ferrari.

In the hotly anticipated film, Bale plays legendary race car driver Ken Miles, who works with famed car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) to build a car for Ford that could take on Ferrari and win the notorious 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race in 1966.

The actor admits that playing one of the greatest race car drivers of all time did reignite his passion for going fast on a track.

"I've been banned from motorcycles by my family," Bale explained. "I still miss that [feeling of] being out on the track."

However, to prepare for his role Bale said he "was learning from the best" when it came to auto racing, and he plans on possibly hitting those contacts up again in the future.

"I'll be keeping in touch with them about, 'Let's get back on the track a little bit,'" Bale shared. "It's hypnotizing."

Ford v Ferrari races into theaters Nov. 15.

As for Pattinson's upcoming role as the Dark Knight, the actor opened up about preparing for the role in a recent interview with Variety earlier this month, where he revealed that, while he was initially unsure about playing the famed character, everything changed when he put on the suit.

"I put it on. I remember saying to [director] Matt [Reeves], 'It does feel quite transformative!' He was like, 'I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,'" Pattinson recalled. "You do feel very powerful immediately... it’s pretty astonishing."

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 23: Robert Pattinson attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 23, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0888 -- Pictured: Actor Robert Pattinson during an interview on June 20, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: Actor Robert Pattinson attends Magnolia Pictures' 'Damsel' Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on June 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Robert Pattinson arrives for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: British actor Robert Pattinson and Australian actress Mia Wasikowska attend the 'Damsel' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast on February 16, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: Robert Pattinson poses at the 'Damsel' photo call during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 16, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'Damsel' Premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2018 in Park City, Utah (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Robert Pattinson attends the 2017 GQ Men of The Year Party on December 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Robert Pattinson attends MoMA's Contenders Screening of 'Good Time' at MoMA on December 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Robert Pattinson attends the Miami Heat Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actor Robert Pattinson arrives at the inaugural Los Angeles gala dinner in support of The Fred Hollows Foundation at DREAM Hollywood on November 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SAVANNAH, GA - NOVEMBER 03: Actor Robert Pattinson at Trustees Theater during 20th Anniversary SCAD Savannah Film Festival on November 3, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for SCAD)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 02: Robert Pattinson attends the screening of 'Good Time' Premiere during the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival on September 2, 2017 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 02: British actor Robert Pattinson is pictured as he receives an achievement tribute award during the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival on September 2, 2017 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'Good Time' after party at Club Albane during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Club Albane on May 25, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Robert Pattinson attends the 'Good Time' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'Good Time' press conference during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'Good Time' photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2017 in Cannes, France.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Actor Robert Pattinson arrives at the Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'The Lost City Of Z' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson arrive at The Lost City of Z UK premiere on February 16, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: (L) Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson pose at a photocall for 'The Lost City Of Z' at Corinthia London on February 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Robert Pattinson attends the 'The Lost City of Z' premiere during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Zoo Palast on February 14, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the 'The Lost City of Z' press conference during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 14, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Robert Pattinson attends the 'The Lost City of Z' photo call during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 14, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs attend the 2016 Los Angeles Dance Project Gala at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on December 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for L.A. Dance Project)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Robert Pattinson arrives at the 10th Annual GO Campaign Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for GO Campaign)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Paloma Jimenez, Vin Diesel and Robert Pattinson attend the 10th Annual GO Campaign Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for GO Campaign)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor Robert Pattinson attends the Closing Night Screening of 'The Lost City Of Z' for the 54th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on October 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Robert Pattinson attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 25, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: FKA Twigs (L) and Robert Pattinson attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson at Nikki Beach for the HFPA + Participant Media event honoring Help Refugees on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nikki Beach Cannes)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson at Nikki Beach for the HFPA + Participant Media event honoring Help Refugees on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nikki Beach Cannes)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson at Nikki Beach for the HFPA + Participant Media event honoring Help Refugees on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nikki Beach Cannes)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson at Nikki Beach for the HFPA + Participant Media event honoring Help Refugees on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nikki Beach Cannes)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson attends the HFPA & Participant Media Honour Help Refugees' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson attends the HFPA & Participant Media Honour Help Refugees' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson attends the HFPA & Participant Media Honour Help Refugees' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Robert Pattinson attends the HFPA & Participant Media Honour Help Refugees' during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe attend the Vanity Fair and Chopard Party celebrating the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 18, 2019 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Robert Pattinson and Andie MacDowell attend the Vanity Fair and Chopard Party celebrating the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 18, 2019 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Robert Pattinson is seen in the East Village on April 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Robert Pattinson is seen in the East Village on April 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Robert Pattinson speaks at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Film Comment Free Talk for "High Life" at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Robert Pattinson attends The Film Society of Lincoln Center's, Film Comment Free Talk for "High Life" at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Robert Pattinson seen out and about in Manhattan on April 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 18: Robert Pattinson attends the Dior show, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2019-2020 on January 18, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
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