Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie, Looks Forward to New Vision for Batman

     July 1, 2013


Concerning Warner Bros. and DC Comic’s Justice League movie, we’ve heard from Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, and, of course, Christopher Nolan.  Now, we hear from Nolan’s Batman himself, Christian Bale, who reflects both on his experience during the trilogy of Dark Knight films and just what level of involvement, if any, he has in the Justice League team-up.  Hit the jump to see what Bale had to say.

Idark-knight-rises-movie-image-morgan-freeman-christian-balen speaking with EW for his upcoming work in Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Bale had the following to say about his time as Batman:

“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. 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 also commented on any future reprisals, saying he hasn’t even been involved in official talks for the DC team-up of Justice League:

”I have no information, no knowledge about anything. 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. 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.”

So, Bat-fans, who would you like to see next take on the mantle of the Batman?  Let us know in the comments below!


  • Aaron Escobar

    Armie Hammer! Great actor, FINALLY getting his big break. Plus, he was cast to play the Bat in the Justice League flick they were developing back in 2007. He deserves it.

    • Scullibundo

      Pffft. Karl Urban please.

      • RiddleThemThis

        I would love to see that but I fear his take on batman may be a bit too similar to bale’s.

      • MIXTER

        A great Dredd, but he’s a bit short for Batman, and in some comics, Judge Dredd actually fights Batman.

    • Tey

      Too bad he prefers the Ant over the Bat

      • Hank Pym

        Ant-Man > Batman

      • Strong Enough

        kill urself

    • xoder

      Armie Hammer would be perfect!

    • aewr

      Michael Fassbender?

  • Om


    • Tey

      He can’t even lift a bloody log

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Neither could Bruce.

  • Tommy_M

    Call me crazy, but I could totally see Jason Momoa as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Enough of the tiny, scrawny Batmans of movies, bring on the real Dark Knight, the huge, muscular monster. Momoa has some serious acting chops.

    • Hmm

      That’s not bad actually.

      • Tommy_M

        Thank you.

    • Grayden

      I like Momoa, but, acting chops? eh…not good enough. Unless we’re dumbing down Bruce Wayne/Batman to not be as cerebral as Nolan’s version then there are many options, but someone like Momoa strikes me as being more of a Solomon Grundy or Killer Croc type. Physicality over a deep, nuanced character. He has presence over anything, I’ll give him that.

      • Polarboy

        Cerebral ? Nolan’s Batman was a moron compared to Bruce in the comics.

    • junierizzle

      We already had a buff hero in Man of Steel and he was as wooden as the tree trunks he carried. Momoa would be the same.

      • Lastemptation

        You’re lucky you’re in Westeros – because if I could cross the Narrow Sea, I’d kill you for such blasphemy against my Khal. With fire and blood.

      • junierizzle

        Wow, that’s the first time my life has been threatened. Hooray!

    • Rod

      silliest suggestion for Batman EVER!…next to George Clooney

  • Tanker

    Idris Elba.

    • Ricky Donaldson

      You have no idea how much of a shitstorm that would cause in the fanboy community, regardless of how fucking awesome that would be.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      There is a black batman already
      His name is David Zavimbe
      Bruce wayne is white
      If you want a black batman, David Zavimbe is your man

      • RiddleThemThis

        If we want JLA, Bruce Wayne is our man.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Idros Elba then is not Bruce Wayne

      • Convoy

        Dude, don’t get your panties in a bunch.

    • Dev1359

      He’d be perfect for John Stewart.

      • glc2814

        I really hope that they use Hal Jordan instead of john Stewart

  • Rocksinmysocks

    Liev Schreiber

    • Eli

      That would be a good fit, but Liev (45) is six years older than Christian Bale (39). WB is probably wanting someone in their low to mid 30′s.

  • ScaredForMovies

    George Clooney? Just kidding. It’s going to be tough to fill Bale’s shoes. What about Gosling or Fassbender?

  • James

    This is kind of a crazy idea but I think Chris Nolan should be Batman/Bruce Wayne.

    I mean look at this picture:

    Totally could pull of Wayne. I think the story would be that much more personal and truth-telling.

  • younahmean

    You could solve most of the problems with these terrible films by 1. not rehiring David Goyer to write (or do anything), and 2. no stupid voices

  • Ytsejamer1

    I’d prefer that they back up the Brinks truck and get Bale back. Perhaps he’d do it if Nolan is at the helm. I dunno. I’m not sure I buy the fact that they “ended” it with his take on the character…I think there’s more there that could be explored.

    • MIXTER

      Bale was a decent casting decision in the first films, but by the 3rd film, he looked thin, and un-Batman like. Josh Brolin is a better fit for Batman. Not only that, but Bales barking voice needs a reboot.

      • WAldenIV

        He was supposed to look thin and un-Batman like. He had been in seclusion for 8 years.

  • LEM

    Karl Urban would be great.

  • RunnerX13

    Nothing about Armie Hammer says Batman to me, he looks like a watered down version of Chris Pine.

    • Jurassic plop

      You mean manlier version of pine? Chris has to much of a chocolate boy face to pass off as a superhero but I wouldn’t mind him as green lantern or flash

  • dickwad

    screw arm and hammer, everyone wanted him for superman but they wisely went with cavil, what Nolan and Bale created will never be topped, in the end it will be Lord Bale!

    • Ham

      They would obviously go for a unknown face much like cavill

  • Elephant

    Mayyyyybe Armie Hammer. He’s taller than Henry Cavill so they’d have to figure that out.
    I agree that Batman has to be bigger. Batman needs to look like he’d be more than a match for Superman if not for the superpowers.

    But wait, aren’t we missing the obvious choice here? Dear WB, please put Benedict Cumberbatch on the Wolverine training regimen: you’ll have your Batman.

    • Pk

      Yeah apart from the height issue hammer is my top pick. He’s 6.5. Matt bomer maybe?

      • Elephant

        I was going to suggest Matt Bomer too. Also, someone please talk me out of my current manic belief that Channing Tatum can do everything. Could he be Batman??

      • eternalozzie

        channing tatum is the worst actor on the planet

      • Drm

        I love Matt Bomer, and he may well be a phenomenal Batman, but can you imagine putting him on screen next to Henry Cavill? They have such similar faces that I think many people who hadn’t already spent too much time staring at them (ahem) would be getting them confused any time they took off their suits. Superman and Batman would be fine, but put Clark and Bruce next to each other and people would either be scratching their heads or their… well…

    • Rod

      Why does he HAVE to be bigger and a match for Superman??? bigger Batman is stupid and doesn’t make sense until he is older. Batman has never been a “big” dude. And you don’t really see big dudes being athletic like Batman is suppose to be

  • calebrcrawford

    Karl Urban. Man looks like Bruce Wayne walked off a comic book page. Also while I am giving million dollar ideas… Drew Roy as Nightwing.

    And in the Man of Steel sequel and what is sure to be the Justice League Universe, Leo DiCaprio as Lex Luther. How perfect would that be.

  • mike_thoms

    I totally understand where Nolan/Bale are coming from, it’s just a shame Warner Bros didn’t have any foresight about the whole team-up thing when they started making the trilogy. I know Nolan wanted to ground it in reality and I still think he could have made the same movies he did, but a few nods to the rest of the DC universe would have been OK to add in.

    • Travis Gowen

      Since the Nolan trilogy was the only successful thing DC had going for it I don’t blame Nolan for not making any type of connection. If the Man of Steel film had come out during the creation of the trilogy I could see them possibly doing it. But given the lack of success coming from any other DC movie I don’t lame them for being stand-alone.

      • yikes

        Ya could you imagine a Ryan Reynolds cameo in the Dark Knight…haha

  • Dmula

    I think Bradley Copper can be a good Bruce Wayne,maybe not so much Batman but who knows he is talented

    • LEM


  • Grbil

    Joe Manganiello

    • Polarboy

      Barely serviceable actor.

  • The Driver

    How has Ryan Gosling never come up is beyond me…dude is 32, aka perfect for a trilogy. There is no doubt that the dude has acting chops (unlike, no offense, some people beating the Armie Hammer drum who are just basing their choice off appearance and jawline). The dude can clearly bulk up, he is already pretty ripped in most films and you CANNOT deny he’s very charming. Give the dude some hair dye and you HAVE you’re perfect Bruce Wayne. The only thing I’ll give is that the dude has a bit of a silly voice, but I’m sure he can reign it in.

    • The Driver

      Not to mention to the same height as Henry Cavill, so with the cowl he’ll be only a bit taller suited up (like the comics) unlike Armie Hammer who would have probably half a foot on Henry when he’s in the suit..

    • lee

      I was a Ryan Gosling fan long before the Notebook and I’d think he’d do an amazing job portraying the character, even if I’d be a little iffy about his look. What I can’t get over is his voice. Maybe it’s Kevin Conroy’s fault but I have high standards for Batman’s voice and demeanor. Getting those right is much more important to me than the look, something I rarely say with comic book characters. No more growling caveman. Give us the cool, calm detective.

      So far I’m not impressed with Armie Hammer. Maybe an unknown? A few options mentioned here are good but none feel like the right fit so far.

  • ikkf

    Eion Bailey

  • bidi

    dark horse candidate: James Franco

    • bidi

      dark horse candidate #2: Wes Bentley

      • bidi

        enough of the dark horses. one guy i could actually see is Taylor Kitsch. he won’t be as good as Bale, but then again dude was a G.O.A.T. but you could seriously do worse than Kitsch

      • sense11

        I always thought Bentley would make a perfect Nightwing, ever since American Beauty came out

  • Luke Williams

    Josh Brolin – surly and commanding presence

    • LEM

      Isn’t he like 50?

  • Justice League Liaison

    I think Matt Bomer would be perfect. He has the looks for both Bman and Wayne, he has similar looks to Henry Cavill and Sups and Bats always had very similar faces, jawlines and hair, and i would love to see that transitioned onto the big screen. While im here, my personal perfect JLA cast:

    Henry Cavill – Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman
    Matt Bomer – Bruce Wayne / Batman (leader)
    Jaimie Alexander – Princess Diana / Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
    Chris Pine – Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
    Scott Porter – Barry Allen / Flash

    And for the movies,,,,

    Man of Steel (June 2013)
    Wonder Woman (June 2015)
    The Fastest Man Alive (August 2015)
    Man of Steel II (May 2016)
    The Batman (July 2016)
    Emerald Knight (November 2016)
    Justice League (July 2017)

    Fingers crossed….. :D

    • Justice League Liaison

      And as much as i would LOVE Bale for JLA, i would prefer for the Nolan/Bale trilogy to be standalone because of it’s greatness (HATS OFF MR. BALE AND MR. NOLAN) and realism which doesn’t fit into a JLA universe. I believe Matt Bomer could fit that universe perfectly.

    • Polarboy

      As much as I couldn’t care less I doubt any of the studios would cast an openly gay actor in the role of Batman.


    JOSH BROLIN as BATMAN. Especially against Henry Cavill as Superman. Perfect fit, perfect age appropriate, and great actor. Heres an image i found, it was banded around before….

  • Casey C.

    Luke Evans

  • Jamesy

    If Jon Hamm was 10 years younger, perfect. A bulked up Gabriel Macht possibly? In terms of looks Karl Urban but he would be too close to Bale.

  • Greyson

    Nolan’s Batman wouldn’t last 10 minutes in the MoS universe.

    • DoctorPotterHolmes007

      True, wish MoS was not so intense so it could actually work….

  • snoop3

    Benedict Cumberbatch really ? What is the Gay obsession with this dude ! I don’t get it oh yeah I’m not gay !

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  • sense11

    Idris Elba for Martian Manhunter

  • NameNamerson

    I just want to see Batman kick a bad-guy in the face Bruce Lee style.
    I want to see Bruce Wayne create the Batmobile.
    A Batman that actually does daily detective work and is out fighting crime every night would be cool.
    Most of all I want to see some fantasy, not just ”reality”.

    I want to believe Batman can defeat Superman.

    The only thing John blake makes me believe is, ‘Bruce Wayne lost his fucking mind’.

    • calebrcrawford

      I definitely relate in what you are asking for out of a Batman movie… I personally think the best interpretation would be a 13 episode tv season on AMC or something… But I know WB would never think of moving Bats to the small screen, though his greatest story could be told there.

  • Chris

    Young, ripped, good actor. Hmmm… Ryan Gosling? I actually think it would be cool if they had an aging Batman to play a father-figure for the group and pass the baton to the younger, more powerful heroes. If they are going to go that route, then Mickey Rourke or bring back Keaton.

    JGL? No.

    • Jamesy

      Mickey Rourke would be fucking insane as batman, almost too bad ass

  • Archaeopteryx14

    Josh Brolin would make a great batman for 3 reasons 1: he’s not short or skinny. 2: he’s kind of a badass (if you saw gangster squad you’d know what I mean). 3: he’s a great actor, I’m sorry but most the choices you guys have made, can’t act.

    Also if they went for Josh Brolin I think he would work better as kind of a Frank Miller Batman. kind of old but still badass.

    • sense11

      I think he would be good for a Dark Knight Returns kind of Batman but it looks like they are going younger

      • Archaeopteryx14

        yeah, your right, if they are going for a younger batman than he wouldn’t work. but otherwise he’d be perfect.

  • Dweight

    Kyle Chandler looks like a suitable Bruce Wayne in my opinion. I’m no casting director and would not know how he would don the cowl, but I think he could do Bruce Wayne just fine.

  • Hector Pacal

    Armie Hammer is good and all but how’s about Antony Starr from the show Banshee? He’d be great as either Bruce Wayne or a replacement for Hugh Jackman in any Wolverine movie.

  • eternalozzie

    It’s not going to matter who’s casted for who … JLA and almost all DC Comic characters are just silly.

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  • DoctorPotterHolmes007

    The NEW batman film should be call: Dark Knight. With same costume, new begining….

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  • Cole Wagner

    No one can ever match christian bale. his performance was jaw dropping

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