Five Reasons Bale Should Not Return To ‘Batman’


“The Dark Knight Rises” was a satisfying and largely well-received end to the “Dark Knight” trilogy. So, why would Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan return to the world of “Batman?” Well, the quick answer would be simple. Money. Earlier this week, Latino Review reported that Bale would likely return as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming “Justice League” project. Which sounds like it would, at the very least, include both Superman and Batman fighting the forces of evil. The same site also claims that Nolan is now in full control of the DC Comics universe for Warner Bros. He is the executive producer of the upcoming “Man of Steel”, but it seems odd for Nolan to completely dedicate himself to superhero movies. I mean, the man behind “Inception”, “Memento” and “The Prestige” must have other cool stories to tell, right?


While I would pay to watch anything Nolan put out in theaters, I must admit the idea of a Batman/Superman movie does not really make much sense to me. Especially, with Bale back as Batman.  Here are five reasons, why one of the world’s best actors should stay far away from the role that made him a household name.

The Avengers

1. The Avengers was stupid. A Justice League movie may be even dumber.

I’m sorry to say this Marvel fanboys and Joss Whedon (who I like), the movie was a giant mess. It had a few funny moments, but overall it just seemed like a CGI cartoon. Actually, I shouldn’t even say cartoon because most cartoons are better than “The Avengers.” And that ending??? Don’t get me started. I realize I’m definitely in the minority in that assessment which is why a “Justice League” movie is being made. Again, money. But seriously look at “The Dark Knight Rises” and compare it to “The Avengers.” The quality between the two is not close.


2. The Dark Knight Rises, then retires, then rises again?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but in Chrstopher Nolan’s Batman universe, Bruce Wayne wiggles his way out of a nuclear blast and retires to the Italian coast with Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Or, if you’re a conspiracy theorist, he actually died in the explosion and Alfred was just dreaming that sequence at the end. Either way, it would seem highly unlikely given the emotional heft of the ending that Bruce would choose to head back to Gotham and fight more bad guys. Especially since he seemingly handed over the reins to Detective Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Which brings me to the next reason.

3. If Batman is dead or retired, does that mean it would be a prequel? Because they suck.

Name me one good prequel and I will gladly hand over a hundred bucks. The concept, was popularized by “The Phantom Menace” the biggest letdown in cinematic history. Since, there has been a handful of misfires 2002’s “Red Dragon” to the Oscar-winning “Silence of the Lambs”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, pretty much any of the “Fast and Furious” movies and last summer’s head-scratcher “Prometheus.”


Oh and don’t try to cite “Temple of Doom.” That doesn’t count.


If it was a prequel where would you fit in the fact that Batman meets Superman in the year-and-a-half that he’s fighting Gotham baddies? That is roughly the timeline between “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” After he takes the fall for Two-Face, he vanishes for eight years before “The Dark Knight Rises.”

4. Just because something works in a comic book, doesn’t mean it will work in a movie.

Nolan created a realistic take on Batman. Nearly everything in the movies (in theory) could happen. There weren’t any ridiculous sequences or moments where Bruce Wayne had superhuman strength. How would Superman (an alien) fit into that world? Take “The Dark Knight Returns” for example.


In the Frank Miller story, Batman fights Superman using an exoframe suit to combat the man impervious to pain. Can you see Bale doing that and seeming believable? I can’t. I mean really, if you have Superman around who needs Batman? Unless you have a man-cave of Kryptonite, Superman is pretty much unbeatable. Whereas Batman is a good fighter, but in reality relies on his gadgets to fight crime. I’ve never been a big comic book reader (kind of a strange hole in my geek fandom), so maybe that’s the problem. It’s a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation. I wonder if fans of the actual comics are more accepting of superheroes working together or appearing in the same realms.

5. Both Nolan and Bale said The Dark Knight Rises was the last Batman film they would do.

Both the director and actor clearly stated during press coverage for “The Dark Knight Rises” that they would not be heading back to Gotham for a fourth go-around. Nolan told EW back in 2010…

“I must say that I’m glad — I’m very, very glad — to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”

Bale also expressed his desire to move on, but did hedge his bets by telling Empire Magazine last summer…

“My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it’s appropriate, I think it’s going out at the right time. But … if Chris came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’ then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work.”

While I like the character of Superman, Batman is pretty much my favorite. Seeing Bale back as the Dark Knight would certainly be cool, but frankly, at what cost? To me it would really take a franchise based in reality and turn it on its head. Or in this case, cowl.


posted by Seth Szilagyi in Batman,Comic Book Movies,Indiana Jones,Superman and have Comment (1)

One Response to “Five Reasons Bale Should Not Return To ‘Batman’”

  1. andrew says:

    money, money is the name of the game for studios. that’s really all the heads are interested in. batman and superman are two separate and distinct crime fighting characters. a bad mix. why destroy their unique qualities just for the sake of a half a billion dollars in ticket sales.

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