He’s Not Batman (Anymore). Christian Bale Confirms (Again) He’s Outta There.


Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005) Movie Image

Christian Bale has said all along that it’s three and done for him when it comes to Gotham City’s protector. You add in Bale’s vast talents and his ability to play just about any role, and you gotta figure the guy has no interest in playing the same role over and over again. Hell, I think he might have just kept playing Batman for two extra movies after “Batman Begins” because Christopher Nolan did it.

Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005) Movie ImageWith Nolan now out of any future Batman movies (and I don’t see him changing his mind at all), so is Bale. The actor has said all along that he has no interest in fighting crime again if Nolan isn’t around to call the shots, and he doubles down on that in a call with EW to promote his new crime thriller, “Out of the Furnace”:

We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.

So what are the chances he might change his mind and suit up for a “Justice League” movie? Don’t hold your breath, according to Bale:

I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it. It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.

Kinda like Bond, if you think about it. Bond himself never retires, a new actor just takes over and it goes on and on and on. I personally don’t see why Batman couldn’t exist like that, too.

Then again, I really wouldn’t mind seeing Bale back as Batman in a “Justice League” movie. I’ve always thought that Batman should be the “old man” of the group — the human crimefighter who has more brains than brawn, and that’s why he’s invaluable amongst people who can shoot heat rays out of their eyes, fly, and manifest wacky things like giant hammers with will power alone. His brains.

So, never say never, right?

Justice League Comic Book

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  • Georgina Quiñones

    Screw Bale if he doesn’t want to do it. I will say, CB as an actor who have followers and fans as much as he does now thanks to the Nolan franchise, he should do it for the fans and forget about the Hollywood stigma of type-casting rolls . I mean Bale have done many roles in his career but Batman is the one that really put him on the map, I think he should stop with his arrogance and do at list 3 more Batman movies! I agree, never say never! The Wonder Woman movie should be next in my opinion!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Well as much as I love him in the role, he really can’t play it again if it’s going to be so different than what was established in the Nolanverse. It’d be like RDJ playing a completely different Tony Stark. This is the same argument I have with Kevin Conroy ALWAYS voicing Batman. Yes I agree, he’s iconic in the role, but from film to show to show, he’s being presented a little differently and should be voiced by different people. I love Bruce Greenwood in the part in “Under the Red Hood,” and “Young Justice,” and I liked what Reno Romano and Diedrech Badder did on “The Batman” and “Brave and the Bold” respectively. Bale shouldn’t just do the role because we like him in it, but because there’s a good story to be told and film to be made, but that being said the Trilogy tied all that up, and casting Bale in the role again would take away from it a little.
      As for the next film I would really like to see WB/DC take the animated WW flick and use it as a guide to doing a live action film.