Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder recently revealed in an interview that he had considered casting Christian Bale in a completely different role in the DC universe. Here’s what he had to say, about how this new superhero universe is separate from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.
“This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies. It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale if we wanted to, because he doesn’t exist in our world. Maybe we could hire him to play another part. We did talk about that briefly. I just wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean. Even people at the studio would say, ‘Who are you getting from the other movies?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, come on guys, let’s all understand, it’s a different world.’ In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing. That that’s why we did a reboot on the universe, so we could allow these characters to exist together. We needed to do that to have Batman exist in this world.”
It’s interesting to note that there were rumours earlier on that Christian Bale turned down several million dollars to reprise the role. However, Bale later debunked the rumour by revealing that he was never approached to play Batman again. How cool would it have been to see Christian Bale as an older Batman out of control and going up the likes of Superman? I guess we’ll never know.