Christian Bale says he would only play Batman again if Christopher Nolan specifically requested it. The Hollywood star will make his MCU debut in the role of Gorr the God Butcher, the story’s main antagonist, in Thor: Love and Thunder. As a result, he will face up against Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, who rejoins the franchise following the Infinity Saga‘s events.
But before he joined the MCU, Bale had already made a name for himself as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the The Dark Knight trilogy of comic book movies. The middle film in the critically acclaimed series, The Dark Knight, came out in the same year as Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, which was produced by Marvel Studios. The critically acclaimed triology was released from 2005 to 2012. Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson have portrayed the Caped Crusader after Bale’s time as the character came to an end, but his portrayal continues to be a fan favorite. Given that Michael Keaton is returning to play Batman in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash, it makes sense that people are wondering if Christian Bale will ever don the cape and cowl again.
Bale responds to this query in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant during the press junket for Thor: Love and Thunder. The actor claims that no one has ever suggested that he take up his DC character again. He makes it plain that, despite offers, the only way he would return as Batman is if Nolan asked him to.
Bale said: “No. No one’s ever mentioned it to me. No one’s brought it up. […] Occasionally people say to me, “Oh, I hear you were approached and offered all this.” And I’m like, “That’s news to me. No one’s ever said that. 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.”
Although Bale is willing to play Batman again, it would be a very difficult task. Following Zack Snyder’s tenure, Warner Bros. is continuing with the DCEU, and Nolan is no longer actively involved in DC Films. Given the particular circumstance that led to Affleck and Keaton’s comeback in The Flash, the likelihood that Bale will reprise his role as the Caped Crusader in the DCEU for a cameo appearance is significantly lower. If anything, it appears that he is stating that he would only return if Nolan is once again in charge of another Batman film.
However, this does not rule out the possibility that Bale will somehow appear in the DCEU. The DC multiverse is currently being developed by Warner Bros., which made Keaton’s comeback as the Caped Crusader possible. If Nolan chooses to carry on the plot from The Dark Knight trilogy, it might ultimately persuade Bale to reprise his role as Batman, which would be a major development for his franchise’s followers.