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Sorry Folks, Christian Bale Says He Won't Play Batman In 'Justice League'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 1, 2013 6:14 PM
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It was only as recently as this past spring that rumors swirled of Christopher Nolan being asked to oversee "Justice League," with Christian Bale to once again reprise Batman. But any notion of either being involved seemed like something of a longshot. Nolan has always stressed that his "The Dark Knight" trilogy stood alone from anything else Warner Bros. was cooking up with their DC properties and even last month, screenwriter David Goyer stressed, "It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that ['Man Of Steel'] would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy..." But now we have word straight from the actor himself.

Christian Bale has chatted with EW, he pours the cold water of reality against any faint remaining embers of hope that will once again play the billionaire playboy with a fondness for cowls. “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,” he said, adding: “It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

Bale goes on to stress that he's not no talks for "Justice League," and doesn't really know anything about it other than they are making one. So let's end the TDKR/"Justice League" tie-in rumors once and for all, right now, all right? Whatever WB is working on, it sounds like they will be starting all over, something that makes sense given the recent suggestions that they will be doing a reverse-Marvel --- using the team up movie of "Justice League" to spin off a bunch of standalone character films.

So sorry nerds, the Bale as Batman era is over, so time to start your online petitions for who should take over.

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  • Ash | July 2, 2013 2:06 AMReply

    is that still news???? I thought he said it over and over again during the TDKR press junket.

    Good for him.

  • David | July 1, 2013 10:27 PMReply

    Good. I want to see him in movies where he can actually showcase his talents and be appreciated.

  • Lulz | July 1, 2013 7:23 PMReply

    What about Joseph Gordon Levitt as Batman (LOL)

  • DG | July 1, 2013 7:12 PMReply

    Too bad, dude was the best Batman ever. Really bummed the only comic movie character I like is going to inevitably be mixed in with a terrible Snyder CGI dick slap (if M.O.S/every movie he's ever made is any indication)

  • CARY | July 1, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    "Let's not get greedy." Wish more actors and directors would say the same thing.

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  • Monica | July 1, 2013 6:26 PMReply

    Great. JL movie is going to be a disaster.

  • EGGHEAD | July 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    But it will still make $1 billion and that's the sad part...

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    There's just something about the Marvel universe versus DC. Their characters translate better to the screen (of course, Batman and Superman will always be the exceptions).

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