Let’s face it, Christian Bale IS Batman, and for Warner Brothers to really want to make both Batman vs Superman and Justice League a success, they really need Bale back rather than pass the role to someone else.
Some rumours have been flying around recently that Warners are looking for a older, jaded type actor to play the new Batman, and some names included Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but in all honesty, Bale fits the bill perfectly. The plan for the new Batman vs Superman movie is to use parts of the Frank Miller comic, The Dark Knight Returns: The 1986 graphic novel sees Superman called in to take down an increasingly bitter and merciless Batman who has returned to the streets of Gotham after many years in retirement.
According to the UK Press Association, Warner Brothers are extremely keen to have Bale return as Batman, and there are rumours that he could receive $50 (£32) million if he agreed to play the role in both Batman vs Superman and also the upcoming Justice League movie.
The Press Association’s $50m figure stems from a comment in a new eBook titled Beyond Batman: The Unauthorised True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma, by Vincent Russel. It quotes a source from Legendary Pictures, which partnered with Warner on Nolan’s films, suggesting the studio is determined to get their man.
The insider said: “Why would Christian Bale walk away from what is certainly going to be either the first or second highest grossing movie in the history of cinema? He could probably make 50 million dollars for being in the movie 20 minutes. And it would be worth every penny to the studio.”
Russel adds: “Sources close to Christian Bale have reportedly begun expressing their suspicions that Bale now views the Batman films in the same light that Robert Downey Jr views the Iron Man films.”
Downey Jr was paid a huge wage to return for The Avengers , $50 million to be exact after agreeing a profit share deal with Marvel and Disney. The Avengers was a huge success at the box office, grossing $1.5 billion worldwide. Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, also did well with a worldwide take of $648 million and counting, but Christopher Nolan’s last two Batman films both exceeded the $1 billion mark.
It makes perfect sense for Warners to do whatever they can to secure Bale as Batman, and would give their upcoming Batman vs Superman and Justice League movies guaranteed success.
However, last month Bale told Entertainment Weekly: “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. 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.”
Seeing Bale back as Batman would be fans dreams come true, but I worry Bale will need a lot of convincing.