Christian Bale NOT Reprising Batman in “Justice League”

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Latino Review reported that Bale and Nolan could come back for the Warner Bros. blockbuster, an answer to Marvel’s The Avengers that will team Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern together to fight evildoers”.[HuffPo]

Yeesh, another superhero movie?? Apparently so, only this one will not have Christian Bale playing the Dark Knight to Clark Kent’s Superman in the wake of The Man of Steel.

Says Bale himself, “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.”

So, sorry fan boys and ladies in heat – you won’t be seeing Henry Cavill and Christian Bale sharing screen space as superheroes anytime soon.

Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale & Ben Affleck

Pictured: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale & Ben Affleck

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S
S

Nolan and Bale made the most realistic Batman possible. Bale turned it down because Superman(and the rest of the JLA) are not possible in the Batman Nolanverse. There's no way 'The Dark Knight Rises' could have happened if Superman existed in the same world. He would have swooped in, stolen Bane's bomb and thrown it out into space; end of movie. The universe in which Superman and the JLA exists needs a less realistic, more campy Batman; therefore, he had to be recast.

TERRY
TERRY

Batman was destoyed by Nolan, the most vulgar Batman of all times.

A Batman training by ninjas, who's afraid of bats, all Batman "fantastic toys" are already stored in a warehouse waiting some black paint. He's voice isobjectively ridiculous. Etc.

The two Burton are the best.

The others were just ridiculous not vulgar as the last 3 Batman.

After Burton the firt period is more than expected, now just missing a real Dark Night...

13467538
13467538

Adam West, because you cannever take Batman seriously.

Gorb
Gorb

Keaton, Kilmer and Clooney were hideous, but those 1990s movies were hideous for many other reasons besides the rotten casting. Burton and Schumaker should never have been allowed near the franchise. Nolan's version is the best so far, but there is so much room for improvement. Bale should never have been cast, as his features are so distinctive and his lisp so pronounced that the idea of his having a "secret identity" was never believable. What's needed is something closer to the Gregory Peck-like vision of Miller and Mazzuchelli. Focus less on body armor and action figures, and more on the investigator and moralist. IMO the best Batman on screen so far --BY FAR -- is Kevin Porter from Bat-In-The-Sun. Rgds

Birgeman
Birgeman

To me, Bale was the closest to portaying Batman in the way I feel believable. Batman has always been my favorite character because he is flesh and blood person. Not filled with gamma radiation, or speacial sun powers. Bale showed us a batman that can be hurt, his body broken after a fight and needed to be healed.

A batman filled with the same emotions and passions as the comic. He also showed how batman relies on his ingenuity, and foresight to win battles. He gets a lot of critisisum for his growl voice. Did anyone ever really notice the other batmen try to diguise their voice. He interacted with a lot of people that Bruce Wayne interacted with. It would not take long for anyone to notice it was him behind the mask just by his voice. We are all passionate in our own ways when it comes to this subject. I liked some aspects of the other batmen. I just believe Bale showed it the best. I respect everyone else's opinions.

Ocfallenan9el
Ocfallenan9el

Hello!! Christian Bale is by far the best actor to play Batman! Plus he's the hottest Batman!

SleepyCloud
SleepyCloud

I wish they kept Bale's Batman alive because the way his Batman costume and Henry's Superman costume just look so great together. And the way the Characters where would make the fighting in Man of Steel 2 or Batman vs. Superman would be awesome. But I will see the Ben Affleck Batman.

abtsux
abtsux

Gotta say Bale and Nolan made bruce Wayne interesting which Keaton in my opinion did NOT do. Ad for Affleck....God help us all. But then hey I never would have gone with Bale or Ledger so what do I know.

ChrisChapman
ChrisChapman

although keaton was the best, Bale redefined batman, but i think Affleck is going to surprise the fuck out of people.  Cant wait to see what he brings to the table,   You need to remember, the shoes that he has to fill now, are fucking gigantic.  There are people that have stakes in this new film, and they wouldnt have gave the role to Affleck if they didnt think he could do what they wanted.  Internet fan boys will eat their words is my bet.

Barbi29
Barbi29

Micheal Keaton was BY FAR the BEST after the original Adam West .... they shoulda just left things alone!and stopped changing switiching to all these different Batmen .. Keaton was and always be the BEST and I for one would LOVE to see him return =) !!

SamaraZeurra
SamaraZeurra

Keaton best batman but I love TDK series because it became less comical and more realistic. ..I knew I would love the series from the 1st preview. ..yes I knew then there would be more :-) Was super hsrd not to chose Adam West XD

AndyDerksen
AndyDerksen

I enjoyed the Nolan-Batman trilogy BY FAR over previous versions.  But in terms of sheer performance both as Bruce Wayne /and/ as Batman--I have to give the nod to Michael Keaton.  I would've gone with Bale *IF* he'd continued using the 'Batman Begins' voice; but throughout TDK and TDKR he just growled all the time.

JollyStomperUSA
JollyStomperUSA

Christian Bale is by far a superior actor amongst these other talented men as well. Let's not leave that aspect out please. It's a shame but all good things come to an end. He can't beat the part to death. Not an actor of his caliber. One thing though. Ben Afleck?! LOL!!!!!!

SamanthaLaraLane
SamanthaLaraLane

Idiots accidentally put Bales and not West.Someone miss the correct choice.

PPW
PPW

My vote goes to Kevin Conroy, who performed all of the outstanding voice acting in the critically acclaimed Batman animated series and direct-to-video movies of the 90's.

SamanthaLaraLane
SamanthaLaraLane

Ever notice that we always have a good Batman but Bruce always lack an actor that can portray him??I mean Bruce is an essential part of Batman,right??We have Keaton and Bales as good actors that did great in the Batmans shoes  but neither portrayed Bruce right,one is so forgiving and the other shows him as a jack ass?

SamanthaLaraLane
SamanthaLaraLane

But if they do add a filter to filter out online Trolls that would block out 99% of the people online and cause the internet to be shut down bro.

KevinEggersdorf
KevinEggersdorf

They need to add a filter that blocks trolling, Some people are so stupid they don't know when to stop.

KevinEggersdorf
KevinEggersdorf

Michael Keaton was the best Batman and better actor.

Jakie
Jakie

Ben Affleck is hell not deserve to be cast as Batman....why the fuck they cast this bullshit actor can't belive...i m not going to watch the movie bullshit

bfg666
bfg666

And now we'll have The Fleck taking the mantle. Fuck. Thanks a lot, Chris!

Strider
Strider

Sorry, but I won't be voting in any poll that has Assfuck listed as Batman. Even if it happens, I'm not watching the movie.

SamanthaLaraLane
SamanthaLaraLane

Adam has something on the younger guys that they don't have on him!Did Keaton,Kilmer,Clooney or Bales have an original dance??NOPE!They couldn't handle THE BATUSI!Groovey dance baby,yeah!


DustinLuther
DustinLuther

Wonder what RDJ would say to being batman....haha

JosephHandibode
JosephHandibode

People get over Christian Bale.  His Batman would not work since they need a actor that will play in all future Justice league or DC team up movies.  You can't put in actor who won't commit to all the movies period!  Christian Bale doesn't want to do Batman anymore regularly.

TheRiddler
TheRiddler

People, its a totally different franchise.  Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer to George Clooney, same franchise.  Clooney to Bale, different franchishe.  From Bale to Ben Affleck, different franchise. Total reboot.

FredericBaneWilborn
FredericBaneWilborn

Then it is pointless, it never fails with these Batman movies, they find a decent one and then BOOM they change him out. Micheal Keaton one the first and the best, then Christian Bale was the most recent one. Having guys like George Clooney or Vale Klimer playing the bat was not a wise choice. But, hey maybe they will get it right this time. 

Batfan1
Batfan1

Good Christian Bale was an awful Batman!!!

cheescake
cheescake

I think JGL would be a good choice for Batman in the jl movie and future Batman movies

CherylBralick
CherylBralick

That is disappointing as I have enjoyed Christian Bale as batman. But I also dont go to the theater to watch movies as I dont want to contribute in the paying of astronomical pay these actors receive. So I tend to wait for it to come out on DVD and borrow it from whomever has bought it. Or if it is good enough, I will watch it on PPV. Otherwise I will miss it completely and I have managed to survive without seeing a lot of movies

JohnDorian
JohnDorian

@S Or he turned it down because.......... he didn't want to share the spotlight with other actors? Who knows..... How do we know that superman wasn't in the middle of the ocean on a fishing boat with no access to a radio.......

Or how do we know that the bane incident didn't happen before clark kent became superman?

SideSkroll
SideSkroll

@Gorb  Keaton hideous? KEATON HIDEOUS? Are you on drugs?! He was the best Batman and forever will be.

I don't care about your precious "canon" if anyone could wear a "bat-suit" and look menacing in it that would be Keaton.

SideSkroll
SideSkroll

@Ocfallenan9el  YEah... Cause everyone knows THATS what it takes to play BATMAN, right?

Keaton forever!

RobWPrelle
RobWPrelle

@Barbi29Just want to put out there the the fact that Lewis Wilson was the 1st Live action Batman, not Adam "Second Worse Batman ever" West.

KryptoTheSuperdog
KryptoTheSuperdog

@SamanthaLaraLane Bruce Wayne, while actually being Batman, is also Bruce Wayne, the socialite, a part requiring him to be by turns a Jackass, so people he wants to get things on will be disarmed by that act and let things drop in his presence with out meaning to... or thinking about it.

WyattDingBatty
WyattDingBatty

Except that Michael Keaton and Tim Burton had their own franchise.

bfg666
bfg666

Your point being...?

Jimmy Rustles
Jimmy Rustles

I'm sure your ten dollars really hurt their multi million dollar salaries.

You're almost as bad as a prius owner.

bfg666
bfg666

@WyattDingBatty Umm, no. Shumacher's movies, as bad as they were, were the continuation of the universe set by Tim Burton.

bfg666
bfg666

Thinking like that won't get the world anywhere better, Jimmy. If everyone acted like Cheryl, the business sharks would think twice before shamelessly shearing our fleeces to the bone.

On the other hand, Cheryl, unless you own a private cinema theater, you are clearly missing out. Movies are best viewed on a big screen rather than on your pint-sized TV. You should opt for some middle ground. Personally, I only go to the movies when there's a film I really don't want to miss. The rest I watch on DVD/BR or download them. If you want to fight the Big Bad Capital, downloading torrents might be a good idea as it'll allow you to watch more stuff.

People shouldn't make profit from art, anyway. It is wrong; art should be accessible to anyone. As soon as you put a price tag on it, some people won't be able to access it.

bfg666
bfg666

@Frankie The decision to spend money on live shows is the artist's own and shouldn't be impacted on the audience. Also, there are ways to lower the costs and/or get your expenses back, like sponsoring, reducing your energy needs or cutting out the middlemen. You can probably find more.

Frankie
Frankie

@bfg666 When you're on the road for a couple months spending money on gas, fast food or nicer restaurants, recreational activities, feeling alone while your family is missing you as they stay at home, and possibly even getting your vehicle broken into and having laptops or instruments stolen out of your vehicle (Someone made those, you probably paid money for a guitar/keyboard that was MADE, and possibly factory made as opposed to real workers creating by hand - That should fucking hurt, as an artist.) while you're in a venue playing your heart out and not taking a penny from ticket sales... How trivial would those profit issues be? 

bfg666
bfg666

By the way, this "deserving" sense of entitlement is exactly why these guys get such obscene paychecks. I mean, 50 mil to RDJ for Iron Man 3? Where the hell is this going?

bfg666
bfg666

Skills I'll never possess? Why is it that you assume that you know me? For your education, let me tell you I'm actually an artist myself. Yes, I make art and yes, I advocate for free access to arts. Can you process that in your narrow mind? I'm a composer and I publish my works on a pay-what-you-want basis, with no minimum charge. Art elevates people and comforts them, and who needs more comfort than the poor? Why should I forbid anyone access to my art on a trivial profit issue? Like many americans, you side with capitalism. I choose to side with humans. To each his own.

THAT Guy
THAT Guy

@bfg666 

People shouldn't make profit from art?  I know, right?  I mean, why would you compensate anyone for the time and effort they put into creating something?  Why in the world would anybody ever pay somebody for an amazing show of skill that they have worked years to develop and hone?  That's just ridiculous, right?  So please explain to me then just why an artist with skills that you will never possess is less deserving of being able to charge people who want to enjoy his work than anybody else is of doing the same thing.  If you don't want to partake of a person's craft, don't buy it, if you do, they deserve your compensation.  Bills don't get paid by good feelings.