Christian Bale: My Batman Days Are Over

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Sorry, fanboys, but Christian Bale is no longer Batman — this according to Bale himself.

In an interview just published by Entertainment Weekly, the “Dark Knight Rises” actor discussed (and quickly nixed) the idea of returning for another Batman feature, as well as Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Justice League” feature.

“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” he said.

Bale and Nolan had repeatedly stated that “The Dark Knight Rises” was their last Batman movie but given the recent success of “Man of Steel,” the rumor mill naturally began to spin online.

SEE ALSO: Henry Cavill Talks ‘Justice League’ Movie

“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.”

Bale added that he had no problem giving up the Batman role to another actor.

“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.”

As for the “Justice League” feature, Bale did acknowledge that a movie may be in development but without his involvement.

“I have no information, no knowledge about anything,” he said. “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.”

While Bale may oppose the idea of another Batman feature, it’s worth noting that Robert Downey Jr. had the same reaction towards Iron Man standalones before signing on for two more “Avengers” films.

Bale, 39, is currently in post-production on several films, including two Terence Malick projects, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and the Scott Cooper thriller “Out of the Furnace.”

He is repped by WME.

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  1. Batman says:

    And if i had the chance to be christian bale i would be and i would be that character im never any more batman movie unless christian bale is batman he is the ONLY batman for the character of batman, dont listen to fredick your the best!.

  2. Batman says:

    NOOO there can only be one Batman and that batman is christian bale no one can play batman like you did im gonna miss the christian bale batman he was the best and lots of people would agree

  3. Get Chris Pine on the phone. He’d make a fantastic Bruce and Batman.

  4. Greed is the creed of Hollywood. To dismiss it out-of-hand is oxymoronic.

    Christian Bale is talented but — not unlike so many now working in the film industry — an actor with a very limited range. His characterization in AMERICAN PSYCHO may as well have been Bruce Wayne (and, little doubt, got Christopher Nolan’s attention). But that “Batman voice” never suited Wayne’s costumed alter-ego, so Bale (and Nolan) along with those guttural sounds will not be missed.

    The fact is…Nolan didn’t want to make a third Batman film, initially, because he had no story to tell; and, with the exception of Catwoman’s participation in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, the movie’s narrative is neither worth the cost of production nor the price of a ticket.

    Justice League, on the other hand, should join the Warner Bros./DC canon of comic-to-film without the prerequisite for either Bale or Nolan; a project requiring a clear blueprint for what should be an engaging script, largely entertaining but also surprising, put into the hands of a director familiar with the comic but not beholding to it.

    Warner Bros. took years to decide upon BATMAN (Tim Burton’s film) then greed drove them to commit the folly of BATMAN AND ROBIN and later CATWOMAN. Now finding itself sandwiched between BATMAN (Christopher Nolan’s film) and the rebooted SUPERMAN, studio executives have fast-tracked a sequel which risk being derail should it revisit that post-Burton/pre-Nolan foolishness.

    There are plenty of “errors” in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and MAN OF STEEL which one hopes a potential Justice League film will not be heir to. Even the worst incarnation of Batman and Superman have made money for the studio, so there still is that greed thing – and foolishness never takes a holiday.

  5. Destiny says:

    Not all that broken hearted over Bale “Baling” On another batman. I would much rather have a more interesting batman then the one Bale portrayed. Sadly for me all the reboots of super hero movies are getting tiresome and old. If they do another Batman let’s hope this time they focus on BATMAN. Bale was to stiff for the role IMO, he did ok as Wayne but as Batman no. The best part of those Batman films was ALFRED. No one has the flare that Jack Nicholson had as the Joker, Tommy Lee Jones had as Two face. True every film they have done on Batman has had some issues can we say Nipples on the Bat suit? Would truly be nice if for once they stuck to the story rather then change it to suit what they feel is good (Emo Spider-man) I love Robert Downey Jr. but last Iron man was the MOST depressing movie I have ever seen! what happened to Tony? So if all he does is two more Avengers I am good with it. At least I no longer have to Deal with Bale’s Wayne voice and Batman voice!

  6. JOE S HILL says:

    Okay-he’s had his share of the Cape and Cowl,and Christopher Nolan moved on to “MAN OF STEEL”,so from there,someone else can play the Batman,since Mr Bale has given this enough
    of his time,,,but if he’s looking for bigger fish to fry and eat,,he’d better take that fast,before he
    reconsiders! anyway,Nolan’s Batman movies were intresting,,but i hope someone else can gives
    us a really adventuresome Batman,without focusing on Wayne’s dysfunctional” stuff,or making
    him way too vulnerable,like they did in “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”-even going so far,as to leave
    many fans in the dark,as to whether he died in that Nuclear explosion,,or if this was another mental
    POV that left the door open-the next actor to play “Bruce Wayne” will hopefully have another,and
    obviously improved version-along with with a more satisfactory Bat costume. and when DC Comics
    and Warner Bros. finally does this much awaited “JUSTICE LEAGUE” movie,,it better be a serious
    and POWERFUL piece of work,least we forget how Disney/Marvel’s “THE AVENGERS” went-on,to
    the Billion and up mark,last year-and even if we have to wait a few more years,if this project has to
    be done right,then that’s okay with me!

  7. The Kingslayer says:

    I respect his decision but at the same time I am disappointed we won’t get to see Bale and Cavil together, I really feel like those two would click.

  8. Jim Rucker says:

    Come on Bale you we’re eh best at it we all are hoping you play that character again

    Best batman ever ( really)

  9. StoryMapsDan says:

    Good to hear that Bale is sticking to his word and maintaining his integrity. A Justic League movie could be great, but Bruce Wayne can be played by a new actor, if need be.

    Christian Bale is the “Golan*-era” Batman, and the next era may begin with a new creative team, although I think they should wait a few years. Let’s not get greedy, guys.

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