Christian Bale Officially Drops Batman Role

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Christian Bale Officially Drops Batman Role

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Christian Bale is done with Batman, so the question now is, "who will next don the cape and cowl?"

For a large segment of the population, Christian Bale is Batman. Thanks to Christopher Nolan's excellent film trilogy, Bale has become indelibly linked with the character in many minds, and at this point the only people who picture another actor on hearing the word "Batman" are sixty-five-year-olds still harboring a crush on Adam West, and insufferable children of the 1980s who refuse to accept anyone but Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight.

While I certainly fall into that latter camp, Bale was an awesome Batman, and it's sad to hear that he's finished with the role. Entertainment Weekly recently asked Bale about the possibility that he might play Batman in Warner Bros.' forever-in-development Justice League film adaptation, but the actor quickly shot down the possibility.

"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough. Let's not get greedy," Bale says. "[Christopher 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."

As to the idea of seeing someone else in the role of Bruce Wayne, Bale seems very comfortable with the idea. "It's a torch that should be handed from one actor to another," he says. "I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with."

That leads us to the all-important question of who should now become Batman? Warner Bros. and DC Comics make far too much cash off of the property for there to not be a cinematic Batman, but with Bale out of the picture who do you get to replace him? There are lots of actors who could potentially play Batman, but few who have the utter dedication to their craft to compete with the nuances Bale brought to the role. Plus, aesthetically, Bale was perfect to play the rich playboy cum worryingly morbid vigilante.

Since we've got nothin', we're turning this one over to you, dear readers. The comments section is below, so please make your arguments for who should next portray Batman on film. The first person to say "Kevin Conroy" loses points for blatant pandering (though I appreciate the effort).

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Well, that's a bit of good news. He was awful.

Time for Richard Armitage. He was/is absolutely brilliant in The Hobbit as Thorin Oakenshield, and we know he can do action really well thanks to Robin Hood and Spooks. Tell me you can't see him as Bruce Wayne and Batman.
He has the looks to play a playboy, and the skills to be the fighter Batman needs to be.

I am genuinely unsure of who will be the next batman. Bale wasn't bad, even though I wasn't fond of the gravel-voice. Here's to another new interesting take on the character, whoever might do it.

Good.
He's a good Bruce Wayne but a shitty Batman. Let's hope someone without throat cancer comes along next time.

Tamoh Penikett would be my choice if they're not doing a reboot again.

Sam Worthington would be a good choice as well.

Or they can just get Bruce Willis and do The Dark Knight Returns.

Come on, how large do you think the riots would be if ...

Meh, I am not bothered, I'm not a batman fan. I still think Tom Hardy getting the role of Bane was a crime. (I like Tom as an actor but he didn't have the build for Bane)

Let's see, who's not too soapy, has an impressive chin and isn't already a comic book hero actor? Damn, I can't think of a single actor.

Adrian Pasdar?

As a curveball, go for Rupert Penry Jones. With that voice he could definitely sound like a billionaire, and from what I (admittedly vaguely) remember from Spooks, he can definitely handle the Batman side of things too.

Believe it or not, I would actually like to see them tie the Nolan trilogy into a Justice League film and have Joseph Gordon Levitt become the new Batman. Hear me out here, before you start ridiculing me. SPOILERS AHOY, BY THE WAY!!!!!

At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, we had Robin John Blake (known by his middle name, John) inherit Wayne Manor and be given directions to the Bat Cave. I won't go into all the issues with this, and how Wayne would be found almost immediately living alive and well with Selina Kyle in Florence (given his status as a billionaire playboy), because others already have done. The point here is that he has the basic physical strength (as a cop), the basic mental attributes (as a detective), and the resources (via his inheritance) to be able to take up the cowl. However, these are the basics. He doesn't have the ongoing wealth source, so will have to rely on the remaining funds siphoned off by Morgan Freeman, playing Morgan Freeman, playing Lucius Fox, from Wayne Industries in order to fund the overheads to keep the Cave running and power the equipment. He still doesn't have the years of training or experience that Bruce Wayne had though, so he'll struggle noticeably.

Overall, the potential is there but as the trilogy was grounded in (relative) realism, it doesn't make a massive amount of sense. Therefore, I see a Justice League movie where the main heroes EXCEPT FOR BATMAN are involved (Superman, Wonder Woman, Auaman, Green Arrow, and no-one else to start off. Maybe Green Lantern if they can make a new film that's actually good, though I'd say they should still keep Ryan Reynolds in the role if he can be a slightly more serious version of Hal Jordan...). Batman isn't a part of the group, but when Bat-Blake ends up trying to get involved he soon realises he's way out of his depth, something the likes of Jim Gordon already realise due to his mainly taking down small fry in Gotham rather than bigger villains as Bruce Wayne did.

In my vision of the story, each of the Justice League will have had their own origin movies already. As such, I see Justice League (the movie) as effectively being partly the second half of an origin story for the John Blake Batman, the first half having been The Dark Knight Rises. During Justice League, in my idea, Blake will finally realise that he's out of his depth and end up enlisting the help of the other Justice League members to deal with a larger threat, through which they see his potential and decide to train him. The training itself would be a slow and ongoing process as a side story to the main plot and villain, but would ultimately have Blake acting as an effective and skilled successor to the cowl. He still wouldn't have the same skills and abilities as the Bruce Wayne Batman, but would eventually develop to that extent (from the Begins level of skill through to the Rises level of skill that fought Bane) over the course of further films in the continuity. An ongoing character development story that shows the rise of the new Batman despite the early struggles.

With this, we get the Justice League movie we all (presumably) want to see, we get a realistic and sensible character arc, and we get to see the existing Batman film cycle become a part of that mythos which eliminates the need for a new Bruce Wayne and a rehash of the same old origin that Batman always has. Plus, we might get to hear Joseph Gordon Levitt say the infamous "Goddamn Batman" line, which would be pretty awesome ;D.

Obviously the concept requires a lot of tweaking, but this is just a rough idea of what could be done. If anyone else has any ideas or comments, please, I'd love to hear them :)

Maybe Nick Cage? He was almost Superman.
Or Joseph Gordon Levitt if they're not going to reboot it.

Earnest Cavalli:
Christian Bale is done with Batman, so the question now is, "who will next don the cape and cowl?"

More like cape and scow.l

Why don't we (shock horror) not have a Batman :O

You could still have Bats in a Justice League film, just don't have him physically appearing. Get Kevin Conroy to do the true voice of Batman and say that he is too busy painting the Batcave to go and fight [insert super powerful enemy here] or something. Throw Robin/Batgirl in to fight the Bat corner of the movie and we can all enjoy having underused characters in the film where they might gain some popularity.

*Waits for the inevitable news story about J.J. Abrams getting hired to write and direct the next Batman trilogy. Likely starring Tom Cruise*

Hopefully I'll be able to understand the next Batman.

Seriously, the first movie was okay but by the second and third one I needed to put on subs for my DVD copy.

Meh. To me, Kevin Conroy will always be the real Batman.

He was a good batman, just that growling voice thing sucked. I liked Michael Keatons batman. :-) Who could play Batman next? Not that "robin" guy from the last movie.

Yay!! Thank whatever higher power you believe in!! Now we just have to get Nolan away from anymore DC movies.

SonOfVoorhees:
He was a good batman, just that growling voice thing sucked. I liked Michael Keatons batman. :-) Who could play Batman next? Not that "robin" guy from the last movie.

I agree, I liked Bale for the most part, but that voice thing he did was downright laughable at times. I mean literally, my wife and I would be laughing at his "over-voicing" and it wasn't supposed to be a funny scene.

I'm prepared for the backlash on this one, but I seriously didn't like Bale as Batman at all. He was a decent Bruce Wayne, but one of the worst Batmans (Batmen?) in my opinion.

I'm just hoping at this point they can leave well enough alone and move on with the story. Even if its a 'new Batman' I don't think that's an origin story I ever need to see again. Give me a new story, something a little further along in his career.

Nokturos:
Well, that's a bit of good news. He was awful.

Agreed, he was a horrible and unoriginal Batman. The overdone granite-gargling tone was far from necessary, and was one of my biggest issues with the otherwise pretty great Batman Begins.

And sorry but...

Earnest Cavalli:

For a large segment of the population, Christian Bale is Batman. Thanks to Christopher Nolan's excellent film trilogy, Bale has become indelibly linked with the character in many minds, and at this point the only people who picture another actor on hearing the word "Batman" are sixty-five-year-olds still harboring a crush on Adam West, and insufferable children of the 1980s who refuse to accept anyone but Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight.

That's just ignorant. Adam West was great for the show he was doing. Not all that gritty, more comical tone. The show knew exactly what it was, and they hammed it all up.

Personally I think Micheal Keaton/Val Kilmer when someone brings up live-action Batman. They were in, what I think, are two of the single best live action Batman flicks so far. Hard to really say who I preferred moreso over the other, but the cast itself was strong.

There was also Clooney but... his Batman felt more like a return to the Adam West-styling of Batman. It had a bit of the grittier tone like the first movies, but that's mostly thanks to budget. Its actual tone actually felt much lighter.

winterforge:

SonOfVoorhees:
He was a good batman, just that growling voice thing sucked. I liked Michael Keatons batman. :-) Who could play Batman next? Not that "robin" guy from the last movie.

I agree, I liked Bale for the most part, but that voice thing he did was downright laughable at times. I mean literally, my wife and I would be laughing at his "over-voicing" and it wasn't supposed to be a funny scene.

Thanks mate. In the last movie with Bane. Batman talked to himself in the same growly voice even though there was no one else around. lol

I think they should make an Aquaman movie next. With the technology and effects they can do these days it could be pretty awesome. Or completely terrible depending on who's at the helm.

Earnest Cavalli:
and at this point the only people who picture another actor on hearing the word "Batman" are sixty-five-year-olds still harboring a crush on Adam West, and insufferable children of the 1980s who refuse to accept anyone but Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight.

Hey now, Michael Keaton did a pretty damn good job at it!

As for Bale, I'm pretty sure it was announced a good while back that Dark Knight Rises would be the last one that he'd do, ending things with a trilogy. And with the exception of having a voice that sounded like he gargles with gravel, I would agree that he did a pretty good job. The problem with continuing along that "line" of Batman movies is that no matter what you do, everyone's gonna say "It wasn't as good as Dark Knight." DAMN YOU AND YOUR UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING JOKER, HEATH LEDGER!

As for who should be next? I dunno. Why don't we get Robert Downy Jr. to play it for shits and giggles? He already plays essentially the same character in Tony Stark...just more eccentric than brooding. And personally - while it would be a complete departure from Batman's canonical character - I'd like to see a more eccentric than brooding Batman. :P

Well since I was tired of Batman exactly one movie ago I don't really care. Bale being out and opening the door for new blood doesn't really thrill me as due to the restraints of the character he could easily be replaced by a lump of wood. He's like Mario in that respect. Old dog, old tricks.

Next Batman movie plot: New or old Batman Villain de jour arrives, mayhem ensues, love interest (or side kick) introduced, a few scenes reminding us that he's a billionaire playboy who suffers from a deep seated tragedy and not just a black latex suit, which is a bit ironic as Bruce Wayne seems to always have less depth than rubber mask, back to mayhem, something witty, cool gadgets, villain defeated against overwhelming odds. Credits hinting at next franchise installment. Yawn.

At least in the comics they gave the character some depth. The movies just never seem to be able to move ahead of his origin story. So until they are able to establish some growth or maturity for the character and the universe he inhabits they may as well just go with the most affordable actor they can get as acting talent really doesn't matter when they will be nothing more than an ambulatory coat rack for the bat suit.

Whatever. That's my reaction, whatever.

Movie Batman didn't feel like a deep character to me, the villains were the guys with personality. Batman was more like furniture. So if Bale doesn't want to be Batman, it doesn't matter to me at all.

omega 616:
Come on, how large do you think the riots would be if ...

Meh, I am not bothered, I'm not a batman fan. I still think Tom Hardy getting the role of Bane was a crime. (I like Tom as an actor but he didn't have the build for Bane)

I agree with you on that about Tom

And out the window goes my hopes for a sequel to the Dark Knight rises (because damn it it would be easy to do with how they left it off)
*sigh* alright time to go to open up the start menu and hit REBOOT! ...god damn it.

You know, if they went ahead and did a live action Batman Beyond, Kevin Conroy could be a convincing Old Bruce.

I honestly didn't like him as Batman. As someone else said, he was a good Bruce Wayne, but he wasn't a good Batman.

I don't know who I'd want to play Batman next. Joseph Gordon Levitt, as others have said would be the natural progression to tie the series into anything new that comes about.

Trivun:
Believe it or not, I would actually like to see them tie the Nolan trilogy into a Justice League film and have Joseph Gordon Levitt become the new Batman. Hear me out here, before you start ridiculing me. SPOILERS AHOY, BY THE WAY!!!!!

At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, we had Robin John Blake (known by his middle name, John) inherit Wayne Manor and be given directions to the Bat Cave. I won't go into all the issues with this, and how Wayne would be found almost immediately living alive and well with Selina Kyle in Florence (given his status as a billionaire playboy), because others already have done. The point here is that he has the basic physical strength (as a cop), the basic mental attributes (as a detective), and the resources (via his inheritance) to be able to take up the cowl. However, these are the basics. He doesn't have the ongoing wealth source, so will have to rely on the remaining funds siphoned off by Morgan Freeman, playing Morgan Freeman, playing Lucius Fox, from Wayne Industries in order to fund the overheads to keep the Cave running and power the equipment. He still doesn't have the years of training or experience that Bruce Wayne had though, so he'll struggle noticeably.

Overall, the potential is there but as the trilogy was grounded in (relative) realism, it doesn't make a massive amount of sense. Therefore, I see a Justice League movie where the main heroes EXCEPT FOR BATMAN are involved (Superman, Wonder Woman, Auaman, Green Arrow, and no-one else to start off. Maybe Green Lantern if they can make a new film that's actually good, though I'd say they should still keep Ryan Reynolds in the role if he can be a slightly more serious version of Hal Jordan...). Batman isn't a part of the group, but when Bat-Blake ends up trying to get involved he soon realises he's way out of his depth, something the likes of Jim Gordon already realise due to his mainly taking down small fry in Gotham rather than bigger villains as Bruce Wayne did.

In my vision of the story, each of the Justice League will have had their own origin movies already. As such, I see Justice League (the movie) as effectively being partly the second half of an origin story for the John Blake Batman, the first half having been The Dark Knight Rises. During Justice League, in my idea, Blake will finally realise that he's out of his depth and end up enlisting the help of the other Justice League members to deal with a larger threat, through which they see his potential and decide to train him. The training itself would be a slow and ongoing process as a side story to the main plot and villain, but would ultimately have Blake acting as an effective and skilled successor to the cowl. He still wouldn't have the same skills and abilities as the Bruce Wayne Batman, but would eventually develop to that extent (from the Begins level of skill through to the Rises level of skill that fought Bane) over the course of further films in the continuity. An ongoing character development story that shows the rise of the new Batman despite the early struggles.

With this, we get the Justice League movie we all (presumably) want to see, we get a realistic and sensible character arc, and we get to see the existing Batman film cycle become a part of that mythos which eliminates the need for a new Bruce Wayne and a rehash of the same old origin that Batman always has. Plus, we might get to hear Joseph Gordon Levitt say the infamous "Goddamn Batman" line, which would be pretty awesome ;D.

Obviously the concept requires a lot of tweaking, but this is just a rough idea of what could be done. If anyone else has any ideas or comments, please, I'd love to hear them :)

I'm sorry, but they should reboot it and start over with a new Bruce Wayne. JGL as Batman is a terrible idea.

I really think they should roll with the continuity of Nolans world and have Joseph Gordon Levitt star as Nightwing in a new trilogy. Would be rather cool if you ask me. No mention of 5 ft nothing Michael Keaton in the article huh? Hmmph! I personally thought Bale was the finest Batman and when I saw him in American Psycho I thought he would fit the part perfectly many years ago.

Joseph Gordon Lewitt seems obvious with that ending. I figured Bale's batman died at the end, so I don't think he should play Batman again anyway, since the ending wouldn't be as open as it is. I like Bale, and he was the best Batman I've seen, but JGL would likely be great too.

Perfect Idea!!!

Cast any random actor who can look the parts of playboy and superhero...and just have Kevin Conroy dub the lines

Or maybe do a Bixby/Ferigno type deal where actor does playboy lines but Conroy dubs Batman lines

Then we don't have to hear...ahem..."Whybblblbblb kill me?

Severian:
I really think they should roll with the continuity of Nolans world and have Joseph Gordon Levitt star as Nightwing in a new trilogy. Would be rather cool if you ask me. No mention of 5 ft nothing Michael Keaton in the article huh? Hmmph! I personally thought Bale was the finest Batman and when I saw him in American Psycho I thought he would fit the part perfectly many years ago.

If JGL is going to play anyone other than Bats why not go full-on Batman Beyond? Bruce not being onscreen can be handled by being like Jarvis in his ear and the Beyond suit would let him relisticly roll with the heavy hitters in the JL movie.

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