Christian Bale Is Open to Playing Batman Again, but Only If Christopher Nolan Were to Return

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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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