Christian Bale Is Willing To Return As Batman Under One Condition
Fans of Batman, prepare to be surprised.
He recently told Screenrant that if Christopher Nolan were to helm a new Batman movie, Christian Bale would reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Dark Knight Trilogy from 2005-2012.
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises were all directed by Christopher Nolan, and all three pictures grossed more over $1 billion at the global box office when they opened.
Nobody has discussed Bale reprising his role, but the actor believes it would be an appropriate idea given both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck (both of whom previously portrayed Batman) are returning to reprise their roles as the protectors of Gotham.
“I’ve never heard anyone mention that to me.” On the subject of reprising the role, Bale claimed that “no one has brought it up.” Many people have told me that they heard that I was approached and offered all this. This is all new to me. This is the first time I’ve heard somebody say that.”
After talking about his “movie deal” with Nolan, the Oscar-winning actor continued to spill the beans.
“I had a pact with Chris Nolan,” Bale told the outlet. “We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films, if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long.’ In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in.”
The Dark Knight Rises, the 2008 sequel to Christopher Nolan and Bale’s dark and artistically stunning take on the comic book character, shattered box office records and became the highest-grossing Batman film of all time.
In the wake of Christian Bale’s portrayal of the heroic vigilante, actors Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson have taken up the mantle.
Pattinson’s “The Batman,” which debuted in March after the pandemic and has now surpassed “Batman Begins” in worldwide box office revenue with $770 million, opened post-pandemic in March.
When asked by Variety about whether or not he’d watched “The Batman,” Bale said that he hadn’t, but then promised to view his successor’s film in the near future.
“I still haven’t seen it. I will see it,” he said. “Listen, mate, it’s amazing how few films I see. Every director I work with, I’ve seen a couple of their films and they’re always looking at me going, ‘Are you kidding?’ I like to really savor films, and I don’t watch too many. But I will, I certainly will.”
He went on to extol Pattinson’s acting prowess. “Robert is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.” There was a chance encounter and some preliminary discussion, and from what I’ve heard, it sounds amazing.