Christian Bale says he’d consider returning as Batman

Josh Tyler
Christian Bale as Batman
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Actor from the Dark Knight trilogy Christian Bale says he would return to play Batman under one condition.

Batman has remained one of the stalwarts of the DC universe, largely built on the reputation established by Christian Bale’s performance in the Dark Knight trilogy. Helmed by director Christopher Nolan, the three movies reinvigorated interest in not just Batman but superhero movies in general.

The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in the trilogy was released in 2012 and ended with Bale’s Bruce Wayne faking his own sacrifice and (presumably) passing the mantle off to Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Robin Blake.

With the final twist of the movie being that Bruce Wayne was still alive, it left open the possibility of Bale’s Batman returning. According to the actor, that’s not entirely out of the question.

Christian Bale might return as Batman

Christian Bale might be willing to don the cape as Batman again.
Warner Bros.
Christian Bale might be willing to don the cape as Batman again.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Bale was asked about the possibility of donning the cape yet again. He answered that he would on one condition.

“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.”

Nolan famously said that he would only do a Batman trilogy, and has since moved on to new projects of his own making from science-fiction (Inception, Interstellar, Tenet) to historical fiction (Dunkirk & the upcoming Oppenheimer).

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Warner Bros.
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne

However, now that a decade has passed since Nolan’s last superhero movie, perhaps the itch might be returning.

With DC set to open the multiverse and bring back Michael Keaton’s Batman, there’s no reason to believe that Bale’s Dark Knight couldn’t return as well. Of course, the Caped Crusader is also currently spoken for with Robert Pattinson’s Batman having a strong debut earlier this year.

It seems from Bale’s wording that he would not be interested in a mere cameo return, but a full-fledged new project. Whether DC and Nolan are interested in such a project, and how it would fit into the DC multiverse are still mysteries.

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