Marvel’s Christian Bale Ready to Return to ‘Batman’

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Christian Bale as Batman

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the new home of superhero actor Christian Bale, but the legendary Bruce Wayne said he’s ready to return to DC whenever Christopher Nolan is.

Christian Bale as Gorr
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Christian Bale is officially joining the Marvel Collection as Borr the god butcher, one of the greatest villains to come out of the MCU to date (as director Taika Waititi has stated).

Billed as one of the most anticipated Marvel movies in recent times, Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) is set to change everything about Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) and more.

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Now, with his superhero chops up to date and getting re-immersed into the comic world, Christian Bale has revealed that he’s open to returning as Batman:

Christian Bale says he would only return to play Batman if Christopher Nolan asked him.

Bale’s only condition on returning to the world of DC is that The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan would have to be behind the camera once more:

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.

Christian Bale as Batman
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In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Bale revealed that Warner Bros. or DC hadn’t approached him to reprise his iconic Caped Crusader role.

Many fans widely consider The Dark Knight (2008) the greatest comic book movie of all time. With a historic 9/10 rating, The Dark Knight is the highest-rated superhero movie in history, largely thanks to the landmark performance of the great Heath Ledger.

Christian Bale as Gorr
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Only time will tell if Warner Bros. wishes to extend The Dark Knight franchise while Robert Pattinson and director Matt Reeves actively work on The Batman 2 and more.

More about Thor: Love and Thunder

The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey, unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

Ravager Thor throwing his cloak behind him in the middle of battle
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Thor: Love and Thunder debuts on July 8, 2022.

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