The Dark Knight actor Christian Bale says he would play Batman again on screen but only if Christopher Nolan is directing. In a recent interview, Bale gave his thoughts about potentially returning to the cape and cowl, but stated that him and Nolan only planned out a trilogy. However, if Nolan had more stories to tell, Bale said he’d be happy to return.
Nolan directed the critically acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, which consisted of 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Bale portrayed the billionaire Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the masked vigilante Batman. Nolan’s portrayal of the character was praised for being more grounded, often resulting in the trilogy being called compelling crime dramas over traditional superhero superhero films.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Bale talked about the possibility of returning to the director, but only if Nolan wanted to direct a new film, stating:
“I had a pact with Chris Nolan. We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films, if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long.’ In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in.”
Michael Keaton, who played Batman in Tim Burton’s films, is expected to return as the character in the upcoming DC and Warner Bros. film, The Flash. It seems like bringing actors back to reprise their most iconic superhero roles is a common trope now, as Marvel recently did the same with Spider-Man: No Way Home which featured both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield alongside Tom Holland.
We wouldn’t hold our breath on Bale returning to the role, though, as Nolan’s trilogy closed off on a high note with The Dark Knight Rises. The director has since moved on from his Batman days and is exploring other ideas, including his newest biographical drama, Oppenheimer.
Source: Screen Rant