Could Christian Bale Return As Batman In The DCEU?

The fallout from Justice League is set to bring about changes at Warner Bros. and its forthcoming superhero releases. To be clear, I don’t think the movie deserves the backlash it received – it’s disproportionate to the actual quality of the product – but the financial disappointment will make the execs sit up and take notice.

Unfortunately, it also appears as if we’ve seen the last of Batfleck. The rumours aren’t going away and Ben Affleck doesn’t seem all that interested in portraying the Dark Knight anymore. Considering all the attention and constant scrutiny he has to endure because of the role, do you really blame him?

Jake Gyllenhaal Batman

So, the big question is, who’s replacing him in Matt Reeves’ The Batman? The latest rumour, thanks to YouTuber John Campea, points to Jake Gyllenhaal. Whether he’ll play a younger Batman or be a straight swap for Affleck, no one knows. Heck, we don’t even know if it’s true or not right now.

But what if there’s another to usher out Batfleck and delight the fans? Well, Flashpoint might be the solution here.

Since DC deals with Multiverses, there’s a possibility that the films could fall into this category, too. We’ve already heard Danny Elfman’s Batman theme and John Williams’ iconic Superman score used in Justice League, so why not explore other movie worlds as well?

Christian Bale Batman

Imagine this for a second: Flashpoint deals with the Flash screwing up the timeline and we experience Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne/Flashpoint Batman. At the end of the movie, another Batman is introduced into the current continuity and it’s Christian Bale’s Batman who steps out of the Nolanverse.

The Internet would have a meltdown and it would be an ingenious move on the part of Warner Bros. to bring in a fan-favourite Dark Knight into its current universe. Sure, we’d still have those tough guy trolls who’d say Bale wasn’t a good Batman and blah, blah, but who really cares what they think?! If it wasn’t for the Dark Knight trilogy, we wouldn’t be here discussing comic book movies, so shut your pie hole and go watch Catwoman.

Reeves has already spoken of his admiration for Nolan’s Batman movies and his desire to tell a crime drama story in Gotham City. In other words, he wants to continue the good work that Nolan did, but in his own movie (or trilogy). Bale has the track record with the character and this type of positive news is what the DCEU needs right now. It’s something that would make sense and possibly turn around the poor word of mouth that the franchise is suffering from at the moment.

What do you think? Would you like to see Christian Bale return as Batman in the DCEU? Let us know in the comments section.


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260 Comments

  1. Why is everyone always dick riding on Nolan’s Batman? It was good, but it’s not the best depiction of the Dark Knight. No science, no detective work. Just some guy fighting. Is there a live action film they fulfills that? Not yet.

  2. No he’s to old bring someone young lol bale wanted to be batman for more money wtf he gave up a role for money Ben took on the role cuz he wanted to be batman for like ever and ppl give him shit for it which is bs

  3. Part of the problem with DC’s casting is they went for names and not necessarily talent. Not saying Affleck sucks, I like him as bats. But I fee that if they may have found a lesser known person they wouldn’t have his problem. Like a majority of Marvel’s were mostly unknowns except for a few and they’re happy to continue their roles. Just my opinion.

  4. Part of the problem with DC’s casting is they went for names and not necessarily talent. Not saying Affleck sucks, I like him as bats. But I fee that if they may have found a lesser known person they wouldn’t have his problem. Like a majority of Marvel’s were mostly unknowns except for a few and they’re happy to continue their roles. Just my opinion.

  5. elmayibe’s scoop from few years ago that Bale was gona return was false, wish it came true they were gona start the DCEU with the Nolan triology of films, and before that Batman Begins was the start of Batman films that won’t end.

  6. elmayibe’s scoop from few years ago that Bale was gona return was false, wish it came true they were gona start the DCEU with the Nolan triology of films, and before that Batman Begins was the start of Batman films that won’t end.

    • That’s funny since Batfleck is CGI and wire-assisted while copying the fighting moves from the Dark Knight Trilogy. Batfleck never bulked up like Bale did, having gone from “The Machinist” to “Batman Begins”. He didn’t stand atop the Sears Tower in the Batsuit like Bale did. And he certainly didn’t prod the producers to let him bungie jump a scene like Bale tried – the Hong Kong tower scene – but was prevented from doing thanks to the film’s insurance companies. So it’s quite the opposite you suggest. Bale also looks like Bale in his trilogy; Batfleck looks like Timothy Olyphant in the DCEU films which begs the question why Warner/DC didn’t hire Olyphant in the first place.

  7. Ryno

    No Bale was the best work of Batman .how must he fit in this shit the only thing left to do is replace sadfleck with Ben Affleck after all its not who Batman is underneath but it’s what he do that define him

  8. Hell naw. Fuck Bale. In my opinion he IS the 3rd worst Batman.
    Clooney
    Kilmer
    Bale
    I HATED HIS portrayal of the dark knight. Nolan’s view of Batman and his origin,even his villians were great (outside of his bland view of Bane) I hated watching Bale fight,
    His voice was that of a drunk gargling marbles in his mouth
    And he was just a terrible Batman. Far worse than the campy 66 daylight driving Batman of West.(and I don’t even compare his portrayal to any other that we have seen. Simply put…West was a campy show. He knew that so did we. He gets a pass. I rather enjoyed the show in its own right note than Bale in the suit. That’s just my opinion.

  9. Resa

    Hell yeah. If theres someone who can take that cowl. It should be BALE. Imagine retake BvS and JL with Bales batman. It cam be miles better. In my opinion afflecks batman is not haunting and not creepy, brooding enough as Bale’s. Imagine cavill take on Bale’s batman in bvS supes gonna be running scared.

  10. Ash

    Only one Batman has been the best ever. Christian bale has the act, the following, and will never be the same without him. He is one of a kind as this role needs him. Anyone else is just second best. Will hope for future generations of the Batman to be bale, Really miss his role in these film’s.

  11. Bismeet Raj

    Hate affandk ..seriously he is just like a villain .Bale was made for Batman ,so when he was their DC movies were rated with 8.5 average but affleck has led to Batman being doomed .nobody can match the seriousness of Christian Bale .he always gets into character .IF DC wants Batman to be hit then Bale is the only option ..Bale you are awesome . lots of faith on DC to eliminate Ben and bring Bale .Bale# true Batman and Snyder if u want only body builder than take a wwe wrestler for Batman .stupid ideas
    For being blockbuster their is a need for the dark Knight the Bale enigma

  12. Stacy Houser

    I have been a Batman fan since I was six-year-old. Christian Bale made Batman legitimate and gave it life and new air, like no other. If you want anyone to take Batman seriously bring Christian Bale back!!!!!

  13. wajid khan

    Yes’s. Yes’s only a good script and Christian Bale batman can give Justice League the boost they need they have everyone perfect for their roles except for batman they have to bring back Bale and give batman a stronger script

  14. Dr. Jay

    Christian Bale is the only Batman that deserves to wear the cape. He’s also the only Bruce Wayne deserving enough to live in Wayne mansion. I say give him the whopping $100 million to do a fourth Batman and then cast me somewhere in it; I would love to get trounced by the caped crusader or ran over by the bat mobile. Not asking for much but sure about Christian Bale. I’ve seen Batman Begins 100 times at least!

  15. Jay Vincent

    Unsure about Bale doing a 4th Batman? I bought the Dark Knight Trilogy disc set with the 3 additional discs of extra insights including how they developed the dark Knight stories and filming and it is excellent. Seeing the story behind the dark Knight trilogy causes me to realize that it’s not just Christian Bale who needs to return for a 4th batman but also Christopher Nolan. So much of this new generation batman exists within the non superhero, more humanistic brand of batman belonging to Nolan and his brother who were huge batman fans since childhood. If Bale comes back then Chris Nolan has to also. In the extra discs in the trilogy set Nolan talks about a unique concept he put into the Dark Knight Trilogy, the idea of casting well known actors both of the day and from a previous generation. This adds a pop to the story line, having Oscar nominated actors – or those with Academy Awards -:playing supportive roles. It adds a richness to the movie tapestry not found in casting with lesser known actors. So, if Bale returns so should Michael Caine, Rutger Hauer, Morgan Freeman and so many of the other great supportive actors. Nolan got them to sign on, the likes of Michael Caine and Gary Oldman, by telling them he wanted to cast them in a supportive role with enough potential that they could “steal” the show with a powerful performance. Watching Caine in Batman Begins after hearing that on one of the extra disc about the making of the trilogy, I could see Caine striving to “steal” the show -:Oldman too – and that makes their work and the movie so much better. Enough said. Get the boxed set, six discs, 22 bucks at Walmart and you have all 3 movies and the background discs. Watch all of it and then you will know what it really means to bring Bale back as Batman, how difficult that would be and yet, why it should happen along with all the other elements that go into it. Some of us have the rare opportunity of doing something great in life, a very few get to do something legendary. Watching the Dark Knight Trilogy and the background discs allows us the privilege of seeing Bale, Nolan, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and many others as they do something that rises to a pinnacle in their lives, a special mountain top in their acting, a legendary performance. And strangely enough, as we watch them living a dream and becoming theatrical legends, they inspire us to do our best and to do something truly great – whatever that might be.

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