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Christian Bale hasn’t ruled out playing Batman again, but he would only do so on one condition: if Christopher Nolan was back in the director’s chair. The 48-year-old actor mentioned this in a recent interview with, explaining the surprising fact that nobody has asked him to get back into the cape and cowl yet, but it’s something that he would definitely consider if Nolan, who directed all three films in the Dark Knight Trilogy, wanted to make a new one with his old cast. Bale will soon return to the silver screen in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, in which he plays Gorr the God Butcher, a supervillain who blames gods for his problems and attempts to wipe them out. Bale’s version of Gorr looks little like his comic counterpart, however, as he couldn’t bulk up in time due to his commitments to a previous film. The actor also didn’t like some aspects of Gorr’s comic design, like his black g-string.

“No, no, no. Nobody, nobody reaches out to me or they keep me like a mushroom, keep me in the dark and feed me sh-t,” Bale revealed. “For me, that would be a matter of Chris Nolan, if he ever decided to do it again and if he chose to come my way again, then yeah, I would consider it because that was always our pact between each other is we would just stick to it. We said we would only ever make three. And then I said to myself, and I’d only ever make it with Chris.”

Bale portrayed Batman and Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. The wildly popular saga ended in 2012. Now, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, and Robert Pattinson are all actively playing Batman through titles including The Batman, The Flash, and Batgirl. Nolan has been quite busy in the non-comic book world since Rises concludes his trilogy with Bale, delivering films like Tenet and currently working on Oppenheimer.

Since wrapping his work on the Dark Knight trilogy and Thor: Love and Thunder, Bale has accrued a bit of memorabilia. “I have the sword, you know, I have that,” Bale said, referencing the Necrosword his Gorr character wields in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”I’ve got the Batman cows as well, so that’s not a bad collection, is it?” he added. “I do keep it private. I don’t like my house to be filled with the film memorabilia, so they they’re in very quiet corners.”


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  1. Nah, I'm Team Edward.... Er I mean I like Pattinson as Batman more. I think he looks the best in the suit and I really loved his and Matt Reeves' version. Don't get me wrong, Nolan's movies are superb with Dark Knight being a masterpiece but I'm really looking forward to see where Reeves/Pattinson go from here.
  2. Yeah, can't say I'm really seeing a need for a return to the Nolan universe. Felt like it's story came to its conclusion - which I appreciate.

    Now if Ledger was still alive, I'd want to see one final meeting between that Joker and Batman.
  3. So, Bale bails from the role of Batman due to he was mostly tired of It (the reason for the terrible Dark Knight Rises story, etc., and why write it that Alfred is to be so sassy-mouth to his EMPLOYER 😏) he wanted to pursue other endeavors (IOW, "playing as Batman made me a huge MegaStar and I'll start getting other huge payout projects") but now, things did not go so well as planned, right? So, "let me go back to what made my career shine." Right?! 😏
  4. I know I'm also in the minority with this but I wasn't a huge fan of him or Nolan's take on it either. I watched the 1st two, and struggled with the ridiculous voice he did for the character, and ultimately just skimmed through the third just to see how it all ended. I respect HL but wasn't a fan of that incarnation either but I put that more on Nolan than him.

    I'm truly surprised as to how much I enjoyed what Reeves, and the whole crew, did and am honestly looking forward to a sequel. I haven't felt that way about a Batman, or Superman, movie in a very, very, long time.
  5. Personally never a fan of Bale as Batman. The movies were ok, him as Batman in them not so much.
    ...struggled with the ridiculous voice he did for the character...
  6. struggled with the ridiculous voice he did for the character

    Yeah my throat hurts just thinking about that voice. That was a weak point. It's up there with the Bane mask so you couldn't understand a word he was saying.
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    Yeah hard to say that isn't great. I thought he did good in Begins just like in that scene. The voice didn't get silly until Dark Knight.

    The only real problem I had with Bale as Batman was that he looked bad in the mask. He talks like he's chewing the inside of his cheeks and it's distracting as hell, at least to me.
  8. I don't even remember his Batman, I hated the idea of Bataffleck, but it turned out great, and pattison is a vegetable where I live.
    Yeah, I was mixed on Affleck at first but then I ended up really liking the older version take on Bruce. I thought he also nailed the cynical humor side of Bruce as well. Never been a fan of Pattison but I do like his version as well.

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