The debate over who is the best Batman has no answer. To some, it’ll always be Michael Keaton. Older fans may remember Adam West fondly. Some people even liked George Clooney. However, to an entire generation, it will always be Christian Bale.
Fans thought they’d seen the last of Bale as Batman following Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, particularly now that Robert Pattinson is silencing critics with his performance in this year’s The Batman. However, Bale now says he would consider returning to the franchise…on one condition. “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,” the actor told Screenrant.
That said, he and Nolan always had a three-film plan in mind. “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.'” But maybe after some time away…
Before Batman Begins, people laughed at Christian Bale for trying to play Batman “seriously”
Reimagining the series for a new era under Christopher Nolan, Bale won rave reviews for his performance as the Caped Crusader in three movies between 2005 and 2012. The film revived the franchise after a period of dormancy, with 2008’s The Dark Knight regularly appearing on lists of greatest-ever movies.
Speaking separately with The Washington Post, Bale said that his attempts to play the role seriously was laughed at after the 1990s films went in a campier direction. “I would [tell people] we’re going to sort of do Batman, but take him seriously. I had tons of people laugh at me and just say, ‘well, that’s just not going to work at all,’ … It’s wonderful to be a part of a trilogy that proved those people wrong. I’m not certain if it kickstarted [the Marvel Cinematic Universe], but it certainly helped along the way.”
If Christian Bale did return to the iconic role of the Dark Knight, he wouldn’t be the first live-action actor to do so. Michael Keaton is currently scheduled to return as Batman for The Flash and Batgirl. While details remain scarce, it’s believed that time travel and the complex rules of the Multiverse will play a part in his reprise.
Christian Bale, meanwhile, can currently be seen as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder.