Could Christian Bale Return As Batman In The DCEU?

Could Christian Bale Return As Batman In The DCEU?

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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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251 Comments

  1. Nik Regnart

    Nope. Leave his trilogy where it ended and let’s see how awesome Batfleck fairs in a standalone movie. I’m digging him so far.

  2. Hunter Hovis

    As much as I love bales batman….no because that would ruin the whole dark knight trilogy because that was trilogy was pure perfection

  3. Hunter Hovis

    As much as I love bales batman….no because that would ruin the whole dark knight trilogy because that was trilogy was pure perfection

  4. Muhammad Adil

    I really respect Christian Bale as Batman. He is a great actor, A Legend But Now it is Ben Affleck’s time and i love the new batman character he is playing.

  5. Nagraj RK

    Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan took aura of Batman to a whole new level of awesomeness..but Zack Snyder is ruining everything..

  6. Kenneth Sitjar

    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.

  7. Ruben Rivas

    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

  8. William Powell

    His Batman wouldn’t fit with these characters, he had a great run but Nolan Scripted that version specifically for the environment her was creating, n it a team dynamic

  9. William Powell

    His Batman wouldn’t fit with these characters, he had a great run but Nolan Scripted that version specifically for the environment her was creating, n it a team dynamic

  10. Tom Heaton Jr.

    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.

    • Matt Davis

      Names don’t guarantee a blockbuster. It takes more than a recognizable face to make a role. An actor has to look the part and really be able to sell the character. That’s why George Clooney said that he will never criticize another actor who plays Batman: even he thinks he totally butchered the role.

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      That’s exactly what I was trying to say. I mean look at Tom
      cruise in the mummy. They wanted a name and they picked a terrible one lol.

    • Matt Davis

      I actually liked the casting of Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Karen Fukuhara as Katana in Suicide Squad. Neither of them were very well-known actors but they both fit their roles very well.

    • Greg Hernandez

      Thank you. I have said forever that Marvel had a lot of luck casting bigger names on there roles, But DC had better luck doing just the opposite. Christian Bale wasn’t that well known when he was cast. Neither was Henry Cavill or Gal Godot.

      I think they should stay with lesser known actors

    • Greg Hernandez

      I thought Jai Courtney was really good. Karen Fukuhara did a good job with what she was given. I wouldve liked more of that character but we didn’t get it.

    • Matt Davis

      Gal Gadot was a brilliant casting choice. She perfectly captured the socially awkward heroine trying to adjust to a world outside of her sheltered upbringing in Wonder Woman. Not only that, she actually LOOKED the part of Wonder Woman.

    • Greg Hernandez

      He didn’t really play Deadshot. He played Will Smith, action hero, like he did in every other action movie ever.

      It was entertaining, but it wasn’t Deadshot

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      Matt Davis I felt she could have looked bigger. Like muscle wise. I picture amazons to be beasts of woman but still attractive lol. But that’s like minuscule opinion. She captures everything perfectly.

    • Greg Hernandez

      Do you think the audience would’ve reacted the same if she had been a little more muscular?

      Maybe not so much with hardcore comic fans, but I can just imagine casual fans being able to focus on her physique, and not really paying attention to the rest of the movie

    • Matt Davis

      Gal was actually a soldier in the IDF before she pursued her modeling/acting career so casting her as a female Amazon warrior doesn’t seem to be too much of a stretch. Then again, maybe I played one too many RPG games back in the day and don’t really care how muscular my female action heroes look lol.

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      Not saying it was a stretch. She just looks more like a model to me than an actual warrior. But she played the character well. Everyone has their opinion on how a character should look. It doesn’t bother me enough to make not like the movie or portrayal.

  11. Tom Heaton Jr.

    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.

    • Matt Davis

      Names don’t guarantee a blockbuster. It takes more than a recognizable face to make a role. An actor has to look the part and really be able to sell the character. That’s why George Clooney said that he will never criticize another actor who plays Batman: even he thinks he totally butchered the role.

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      That’s exactly what I was trying to say. I mean look at Tom
      cruise in the mummy. They wanted a name and they picked a terrible one lol.

    • Matt Davis

      I actually liked the casting of Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Karen Fukuhara as Katana in Suicide Squad. Neither of them were very well-known actors but they both fit their roles very well.

    • Greg Hernandez

      Thank you. I have said forever that Marvel had a lot of luck casting bigger names on there roles, But DC had better luck doing just the opposite. Christian Bale wasn’t that well known when he was cast. Neither was Henry Cavill or Gal Godot.

      I think they should stay with lesser known actors

    • Greg Hernandez

      I thought Jai Courtney was really good. Karen Fukuhara did a good job with what she was given. I wouldve liked more of that character but we didn’t get it.

    • Matt Davis

      Gal Gadot was a brilliant casting choice. She perfectly captured the socially awkward heroine trying to adjust to a world outside of her sheltered upbringing in Wonder Woman. Not only that, she actually LOOKED the part of Wonder Woman.

    • Greg Hernandez

      He didn’t really play Deadshot. He played Will Smith, action hero, like he did in every other action movie ever.

      It was entertaining, but it wasn’t Deadshot

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      Matt Davis I felt she could have looked bigger. Like muscle wise. I picture amazons to be beasts of woman but still attractive lol. But that’s like minuscule opinion. She captures everything perfectly.

    • Greg Hernandez

      Do you think the audience would’ve reacted the same if she had been a little more muscular?

      Maybe not so much with hardcore comic fans, but I can just imagine casual fans being able to focus on her physique, and not really paying attention to the rest of the movie

    • Matt Davis

      Gal was actually a soldier in the IDF before she pursued her modeling/acting career so casting her as a female Amazon warrior doesn’t seem to be too much of a stretch. Then again, maybe I played one too many RPG games back in the day and don’t really care how muscular my female action heroes look lol.

    • Tom Heaton Jr.

      Not saying it was a stretch. She just looks more like a model to me than an actual warrior. But she played the character well. Everyone has their opinion on how a character should look. It doesn’t bother me enough to make not like the movie or portrayal.

  12. Matt Davis

    He was the best Batman, in my opinion, but would it work within the framework of an EU story? His portrayal of Batman was very dark and brooding.

  13. Matt Davis

    He was the best Batman, in my opinion, but would it work within the framework of an EU story? His portrayal of Batman was very dark and brooding.

  14. Mick James

    Not even he could save this new terrible universe… Start fresh, get keaton as wayne, do ‘Batman Beyond’ and get someone to be the new Batman…

  15. Mick James

    Not even he could save this new terrible universe… Start fresh, get keaton as wayne, do ‘Batman Beyond’ and get someone to be the new Batman…

  16. Patrick Ituriaga

    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.

  17. Patrick Ituriaga

    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.

    • Jeremy Holloway

      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.

  18. 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

  19. Sean Farrow

    The Nolan/Batman trilogy should be held up to the morons doing DC now as the bar. Raise it or gfto. So far they’ve raped it, not raised it.

  20. Jesús A Carrillo Jr.

    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.

    • Jesús A Carrillo Jr.

      Nope…but I sure you’re a Bale reject that thinks Bale is the all time greatest Batman. You sir,among the rest are high on smoking Cactus,and drinking drainO!

    • Jesús A Carrillo Jr.

      Dumbass. And calling me something that has been a derogatory term used to put down mentally disabled human beings ,let’s me further know how much of a uncircumcised DICK YOU ARE! Get the fuck off my post and go shove your battery operated bullet you named “The Bale” up your ass. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
      The Bale…what a Bale cock riding AssHat!

    • Jesús A Carrillo Jr.

      I can see why.
      But to me…being that Michael Keaton did it with no real voice change,just a little deeper he was the Best…and the next two speak for themselves. (🤢🤢😵) then there was the voice portrayal of Conroy…to me…the best all around Batman/Bruce is Affleck. He made feel like I was watching a moving comic.

  21. Dakota Morrill

    I don’t think the actors are the problem. The problem is that Zack Snyder doesn’t understand how to direct anything that isn’t originally written to be dark comedy or 300.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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