Report: Bale to Return as Batman in Justice League?

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#1 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

Omg if this is true I will weep with joy. :D

Report: Bale to Return as Batman in Justice League?

Plus, Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder in talks to lead the project.

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Christian Bale is in talks to reprise his role as Batman in DC's upcoming Justice League movie, Christopher Nolan will oversee the project, and Man of Steel-helmer Zack Snyder will produce - and possibly direct - if a new report from Latino Review is to be believed.

The website claims that Nolan is now in charge of the entire DCU at Warner Bros., and is in discussions to act as a sort of Godfather to the project, as well as produce alongside Zack Snyder. The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman. Not only that, but Justice League would also tie in with Snyder's gritty Man of Steel, which means - you guessed it - Bale's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman would appear in the same universe, in the same movie, at the same time.

As the website correctly notes, Bale wouldn't be against reprising the role, as long as the story was right. "I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work," he told Empire Magazine last summer.

Considering Marvel hit the billion-dollar jackpot with the culmination of its Phase One shared universe model, The Avengers, imagine what Warner Bros. could spin by crossing over their top-tier DC properties? And if Justice League releases in 2015 as planned, it will go up against The Avengers 2 the same year, which is certainly an unprecedented clash of the comic book movie titans.

While the information is definitely still camped out in rumorville, the folks at Latino Review have traditionally proven themselves to be a reliable source for scoops, and this could certainly be one of their biggest.

We'll update with any new information as we get it.

#2 Posted by lonewolf604 (8517 posts) -
Justice League isn't going to do well....everybody is going to expect another balls to the wall movie, but its for sure going to take a serious "real world" tone. It'll probably have a better story though.
#3 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11279 posts) -
How the hell would a JL movie even work in Nolan's universe? It doesn't sound very appealing either for some reason. I'd rather the funds be allocated to making other, individual comic book hero movies.
#4 Posted by ferrari2001 (16811 posts) -
The problem with that idea is that marvel had a large array of movies under their belt that already had various tie-in's built into them before they did The Avengers. Currently DC has no such movies in place. Plus the realistic nature of the Dark Knight movies would mean that a primary hero batman (if it was the same batman from the Dark Knight Trilogy) would be vastly inferior to any of the other members of the Justice League essentially making him obsolete.
#5 Posted by famicommander (8524 posts) -
Terrible news, I hate Cookie Monster Batman.
#6 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11602 posts) -

I guess as long as it's not Nolan's Batman but just a Batman I guess it's fine. The only thing is, Warner Bros. is planning a reboot and Justice League would be the best place to introduce a new Batman.

#7 Posted by LOXO7 (5549 posts) -
Why would it be hard to believe a Latino site IGN?
#8 Posted by LOXO7 (5549 posts) -
The problem with that idea is that marvel had a large array of movies under their belt that already had various tie-in's built into them before they did The Avengers. Currently DC has no such movies in place. Plus the realistic nature of the Dark Knight movies would mean that a primary hero batman (if it was the same batman from the Dark Knight Trilogy) would be vastly inferior to any of the other members of the Justice League essentially making him obsolete. ferrari2001
He has brains. That's got to count for something. I don't know what the cartoon Batman was called but it had young batman being lead by Bruce Wayne in the Bat Cave or somewhere being his eye. That's how I wish the Nolan's Batman would continue. Bale and Hathaway would play a part in the development of... that one guy until he can be dependent on his own wings.
#9 Posted by dave123321 (33771 posts) -
Why would it be hard to believe a Latino site IGN?LOXO7
I am deeply offended
#10 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
I hate his voice.
#11 Posted by dave123321 (33771 posts) -
Interesting interesting
#12 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11279 posts) -
I hate his voice. Fightingfan
The growl Batman voice or Bale's actual voice? The only reason I ask is because Nolan actually deepened the way he spoke as Batman during post-production; Bale wasn't growling like a nar-nar on set.
#13 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
[QUOTE="Fightingfan"]I hate his voice. 22Toothpicks
The growl Batman voice or Bale's actual voice? The only reason I ask is because Nolan actually deepened the way he spoke as Batman during post-production; Bale wasn't growling like a nar-nar on set.

I don't know his real voice-- the batman voice.
#14 Posted by Kurushio (10485 posts) -
I really dont see any way that they would want Bale to be in the JL movie nor would they want the cost or association. Not to mention with all the problems with the script it doesnt seem likely that they will get it done in just 2yrs and why would they want to rush something that could make them a billion dollars if done right. Plus if they kept the same batman it would raise huge continuity issues with Rises and why no other super heroes helped batman nor gotham for like 6 months or whatever it was.
#15 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

I really dont see any way that they would want Bale to be in the JL movie nor would they want the cost or association. Not to mention with all the problems with the script it doesnt seem likely that they will get it done in just 2yrs and why would they want to rush something that could make them a billion dollars if done right. Plus if they kept the same batman it would raise huge continuity issues with Rises and why no other super heroes helped batman nor gotham for like 6 months or whatever it was.Kurushio

Because they knew Batman could handle it, I'm sure they had their own concerns as well.

#16 Posted by IronBeaver (1986 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kurushio"]I really dont see any way that they would want Bale to be in the JL movie nor would they want the cost or association. Not to mention with all the problems with the script it doesnt seem likely that they will get it done in just 2yrs and why would they want to rush something that could make them a billion dollars if done right. Plus if they kept the same batman it would raise huge continuity issues with Rises and why no other super heroes helped batman nor gotham for like 6 months or whatever it was.Blazerdt47

Because they knew Batman could handle it, I'm sure they had their own concerns as well.

Or, nolans trilogy could have just taken place before everyone elses story...

Like others, my big concern is that given where TDKR ended, HOW would Bale make sense? He is arthritic. He is in exile. Blake is going to "take up the cowl" in some fashion.

#17 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]

[QUOTE="Kurushio"]I really dont see any way that they would want Bale to be in the JL movie nor would they want the cost or association. Not to mention with all the problems with the script it doesnt seem likely that they will get it done in just 2yrs and why would they want to rush something that could make them a billion dollars if done right. Plus if they kept the same batman it would raise huge continuity issues with Rises and why no other super heroes helped batman nor gotham for like 6 months or whatever it was.IronBeaver

Because they knew Batman could handle it, I'm sure they had their own concerns as well.

Or, nolans trilogy could have just taken place before everyone elses story...

Like others, my big concern is that given where TDKR ended, HOW would Bale make sense? He is arthritic. He is in exile. Blake is going to "take up the cowl" in some fashion.

It's either Bruce Wayne or nothing.

#18 Posted by LOXO7 (5549 posts) -

[QUOTE="IronBeaver"]

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]

Because they knew Batman could handle it, I'm sure they had their own concerns as well.

Blazerdt47

Or, nolans trilogy could have just taken place before everyone elses story...

Like others, my big concern is that given where TDKR ended, HOW would Bale make sense? He is arthritic. He is in exile. Blake is going to "take up the cowl" in some fashion.

It's either Bruce Wayne or nothing.

Iron's right. It only makes sense that it's Blake...with the teacher as Wane.
#19 Posted by cgi15 (492 posts) -

Have both Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt come back and pull a Batman Beyond where Bale can be used for his brains but JGL is in the suit.

I would totally see that.

#20 Posted by worlock77 (22547 posts) -

The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman.Blazerdt47

Ugh. That would completely clash with Nolan's established universe though. A bunch of super-powered humans/aliens simply don't fit into the world Nolan established. Besides that, any continuation of Nolan's Batman should have Blake, not Bruce Wayne, as Batman. If they're going to shoehorn it into Nolan's canon then they could at least preserve the continuity. One of the things Nolan's trilogy repeatedly emphasized was that Batman is more than a man, he's a symbol. The man actually under the mask doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne isn't necessary for Batman to continue.

#21 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman.worlock77

Ugh. That would completely clash with Nolan's established universe though. A bunch of super-powered humans/aliens simply don't fit into the world Nolan established. Besides that, any continuation of Nolan's Batman should have Blake, not Bruce Wayne, as Batman. If they're going to shoehorn it into Nolan's canon then they could at least preserve the continuity. One of the things Nolan's trilogy repeatedly emphasized was that Batman is more than a man, he's a symbol. The man actually under the mask doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne isn't necessary for Batman to continue.

The amount of pissed off fans would be staggering if Blake ended up as Batman in The Justice League instead of Bruce Wayne.

Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The 3 Nolan movies clearly portrayed Bale's journey as Batman as he progressed through the movies, so throwing him to the side like that for TJL would just be ridiculous.

#23 Posted by worlock77 (22547 posts) -

[QUOTE="worlock77"]

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman.Blazerdt47

Ugh. That would completely clash with Nolan's established universe though. A bunch of super-powered humans/aliens simply don't fit into the world Nolan established. Besides that, any continuation of Nolan's Batman should have Blake, not Bruce Wayne, as Batman. If they're going to shoehorn it into Nolan's canon then they could at least preserve the continuity. One of the things Nolan's trilogy repeatedly emphasized was that Batman is more than a man, he's a symbol. The man actually under the mask doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne isn't necessary for Batman to continue.

The amount of pissed off fans would be staggering if Blake ended up as Batman in The Justice League instead of Bruce Wayne.

Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The 3 Nolan movies clearly portrayed Bale's journey as Batman as he progressed through the movies, so throwing him to the side like that for TJL would just be ridiculous.

In the comics there have been at least three different people don the mantle of Batman, so having a different person in the films should not be a big deal.

And yes, the three Nolan films portrayed Bruce Wayne's journey as Batman, and the third film made it clear that Bruce Wayne's journey as Batman was now at an end.

#24 Posted by LOXO7 (5549 posts) -

[QUOTE="worlock77"]

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman.Blazerdt47

Ugh. That would completely clash with Nolan's established universe though. A bunch of super-powered humans/aliens simply don't fit into the world Nolan established. Besides that, any continuation of Nolan's Batman should have Blake, not Bruce Wayne, as Batman. If they're going to shoehorn it into Nolan's canon then they could at least preserve the continuity. One of the things Nolan's trilogy repeatedly emphasized was that Batman is more than a man, he's a symbol. The man actually under the mask doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne isn't necessary for Batman to continue.

The amount of pissed off fans would be staggering if Blake ended up as Batman in The Justice League instead of Bruce Wayne.

Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The 3 Nolan movies clearly portrayed Bale's journey as Batman as he progressed through the movies, so throwing him to the side like that for TJL would just be ridiculous.

What I find more ridiculous is how to define Superman's powers in the world of Nolan's Batmans. How would Superman interfere with the world's plots? Would Bane even attempt such villainy if he knew if there were an invincible man about? Batman can fit, but I have a hard time seeing it in Nolan's universe. The city needs to be Gotham, not Pittsburgh or Chicago.
#25 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blazerdt47"]

[QUOTE="worlock77"]

Ugh. That would completely clash with Nolan's established universe though. A bunch of super-powered humans/aliens simply don't fit into the world Nolan established. Besides that, any continuation of Nolan's Batman should have Blake, not Bruce Wayne, as Batman. If they're going to shoehorn it into Nolan's canon then they could at least preserve the continuity. One of the things Nolan's trilogy repeatedly emphasized was that Batman is more than a man, he's a symbol. The man actually under the mask doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne isn't necessary for Batman to continue.

LOXO7

The amount of pissed off fans would be staggering if Blake ended up as Batman in The Justice League instead of Bruce Wayne.

Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The 3 Nolan movies clearly portrayed Bale's journey as Batman as he progressed through the movies, so throwing him to the side like that for TJL would just be ridiculous.

What I find more ridiculous is how to define Superman's powers in the world of Nolan's Batmans. How would Superman interfere with the world's plots? Would Bane even attempt such villainy if he knew if there were an invincible man about? Batman can fit, but I have a hard time seeing it in Nolan's universe. The city needs to be Gotham, not Pittsburgh or Chicago.

To be fair, I don't think in the comics citizens and the world knew superheroes existed either. It's more of a shock and awe.

#26 Posted by megam (457 posts) -
[QUOTE="LOXO7"] What I find more ridiculous is how to define Superman's powers in the world of Nolan's Batmans. How would Superman interfere with the world's plots? Would Bane even attempt such villainy if he knew if there were an invincible man about? Batman can fit, but I have a hard time seeing it in Nolan's universe. The city needs to be Gotham, not Pittsburgh or Chicago.

I really don't understand this criticism. It can basically be waived off with an excuse like the other members of the Justice League were busy with their own affairs. It requires relatively little in the way of suspension of disbelief, considering just how unbelievable super hero movies are to begin with. Plus, Superman has disappeared from Earth for years in the fiction before.

Personally, I'm really excited for The Justice League, especially if Nolan is going to have such an influential role. After the Michael Bay-esque treatment of the Avengers, it'd be nice to see an ensemble cast of superheroes in a more mature setting.
#27 Posted by LOXO7 (5549 posts) -
[QUOTE="megam"][QUOTE="LOXO7"] What I find more ridiculous is how to define Superman's powers in the world of Nolan's Batmans. How would Superman interfere with the world's plots? Would Bane even attempt such villainy if he knew if there were an invincible man about? Batman can fit, but I have a hard time seeing it in Nolan's universe. The city needs to be Gotham, not Pittsburgh or Chicago.

I really don't understand this criticism. It can basically be waived off with an excuse like the other members of the Justice League were busy with their own affairs. It requires relatively little in the way of suspension of disbelief, considering just how unbelievable super hero movies are to begin with. Plus, Superman has disappeared from Earth for years in the fiction before.

Personally, I'm really excited for The Justice League, especially if Nolan is going to have such an influential role. After the Michael Bay-esque treatment of the Avengers, it'd be nice to see an ensemble cast of superheroes in a more mature setting.

The gravity of the world Nolan creates doesn't apply with the ones of the other members of the league. I like Blazerdt47's comment.
#28 Posted by CKYguy25 (2180 posts) -

Have both Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt come back and pull a Batman Beyond where Bale can be used for his brains but JGL is in the suit.

I would totally see that.

cgi15

Christian Bale doing voice overs? i don't think i've ever seen that before

#29 Posted by Kickinurass (3357 posts) -

[QUOTE="megam"][QUOTE="LOXO7"] What I find more ridiculous is how to define Superman's powers in the world of Nolan's Batmans. How would Superman interfere with the world's plots? Would Bane even attempt such villainy if he knew if there were an invincible man about? Batman can fit, but I have a hard time seeing it in Nolan's universe. The city needs to be Gotham, not Pittsburgh or Chicago.LOXO7
I really don't understand this criticism. It can basically be waived off with an excuse like the other members of the Justice League were busy with their own affairs. It requires relatively little in the way of suspension of disbelief, considering just how unbelievable super hero movies are to begin with. Plus, Superman has disappeared from Earth for years in the fiction before.

 

Personally, I'm really excited for The Justice League, especially if Nolan is going to have such an influential role. After the Michael Bay-esque treatment of the Avengers, it'd be nice to see an ensemble cast of superheroes in a more mature setting.

The gravity of the world Nolan creates doesn't apply with the ones of the other members of the league. I like Blazerdt47's comment.

If they do Superman at all, they'll have to handle it how they handled his reboot in the new 52. Younger Superman, still coming into the extents of his powers. Less of the godline being he is in the comic. The other characters will likely need to be maintained a similar way, but really I'd feel better if the characters had there own seperate movies. I get the filling the story will end up feeling disjointed if they try to develop all the remaining characters at the same time.

#30 Posted by gameofthering (10127 posts) -

Have both Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt come back and pull a Batman Beyond where Bale can be used for his brains but JGL is in the suit.

I would totally see that.

cgi15

The future Batman would be good :D

#31 Posted by metroidfood (11173 posts) -

The studio allegedly wants the film to be set in the same universe as Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, which naturally means a return of Bale's Batman. Not only that, but Justice League would also tie in with Snyder's gritty Man of Steel, which means - you guessed it - Bale's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman would appear in the same universe, in the same movie, at the same time.

Blazerdt47

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Don't do this to me Nolan, your movies were fine by themselves.

#32 Posted by soulless4now (41366 posts) -

No, no, no! I don't want to hear that voice anymore. I still haven't nightmares thinking about it.

And I think it's time to for a new Batman that way they can have him for the JLU and next Batman movies and then maybe we can get a Batman Beyond movie. >.>

#33 Posted by tocool340 (20483 posts) -

I thought Christian Bale said he was done being Batman after that theater shooting when Rises came out....

#34 Posted by dave123321 (33771 posts) -

I thought Christian Bale said he was done being Batman after that theater shooting when Rises came out....

tocool340
Don't recall him saying that. At least not as a result of the shooting
#35 Posted by tocool340 (20483 posts) -
[QUOTE="tocool340"]

I thought Christian Bale said he was done being Batman after that theater shooting when Rises came out....

dave123321
Don't recall him saying that. At least not as a result of the shooting

I might be wrong, though I kinda recall seeing a thread where Bale visited the victims and victims family of that theater shooting. Then soon after, denounced his role as Batman. Again, probably wrong here...
#37 Posted by sukraj (22122 posts) -

this is good news

#38 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -
#39 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70603 posts) -
I think it would be awesome, but you never know
#40 Posted by lloveLamp (2890 posts) -
if Nolan and his brother along with Goyer make a script and decide they have somehting they want to make it would be incredible
#41 Posted by Rhazakna (11022 posts) -

This is just stupid. First TDKR disappoints greatly, now they're trying to shoehorn Nolan's realistic Batman into the Justice League? Nolan's take on Batman was predicated on the idea that Batman was the only superhero in that world. The JLA have their headquarters in space, and their members include a Martian and a woman with the power of the greek pantheon of gods. Not the right note to strike. Bale was never that good as Batman in the first place, find another damn actor. And now Snyder's directing? This just gets worse and worse.

#42 Posted by Serraph105 (27814 posts) -

Have both Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt come back and pull a Batman Beyond where Bale can be used for his brains but JGL is in the suit.

I would totally see that.

cgi15
The problem I see from this is not so much that it wouldn't work, but that it's kind of a terrible way to start out a huge Superhero collaboration. People who want to see a live action movie with Batman, and Superman meeting up for the first time don't really want to see Clark and Drake fighting along side together. They are going to want Clark and Bruce.
#43 Posted by bnarmz (1425 posts) -

Hmm, it would be interesting to see how they make a story that includes Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Green Lantern. I doubt they'll use any of the other heroes other then in cameo appearances (the wonder twins would be great for comic relief).

The hard part to imagine is who they will use for the villains. A team consisting of the Joker, Lex Luther, Bain and the Scarecrow would be awesome but still seem way inferior to this mix of superheros. The villains will probably be alien invaders or some kind of dimensional monsters (like the avengers). For some reason I think this film will be similar to the move "Watch Men" as oppose to the Avengers, a much more darker and Gotham feel.

#44 Posted by mitu123 (153911 posts) -

No, no, no! I don't want to hear that voice anymore. I still haven't nightmares thinking about it.

And I think it's time to for a new Batman that way they can have him for the JLU and next Batman movies and then maybe we can get a Batman Beyond movie. >.>

soulless4now

What she said basically and a Batman Beyond movie would be boss.

#45 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150301 posts) -
I think that's a bit of a rumor at this point.
#46 Posted by Riverwolf007 (23500 posts) -

the justice league is a terrible idea.

they would be better off putting the money into something from the vertigo line like sandman or preacher or something.

#47 Posted by LJS9502_basic (150301 posts) -

the justice league is a terrible idea.

they would be better off putting the money into something from the vertigo line like sandman or preacher or something.

Riverwolf007
A well done JL movie would be cool....:(
#48 Posted by Kats_RK (2079 posts) -

Sounds good to me.I can't wait for the movie.

#49 Posted by Riverwolf007 (23500 posts) -

[QUOTE="Riverwolf007"]

the justice league is a terrible idea.

they would be better off putting the money into something from the vertigo line like sandman or preacher or something.

LJS9502_basic

A well done JL movie would be cool....:(

the only time the jl was ever even slightly interesting to me was when Keith GiffenKevin Maguire, and J.M. DeMatteis was doing it in the 90's or whenever it was they were on there.

this era.

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what you guys are going to get is a "gritty" movie version of this.

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#50 Posted by Razor-Lazor (12761 posts) -
I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be a more sensible choice. While Christian Bale might make it seem bigger and better, there is no way it would make sense after The Dark Knight Rises. With JGL, it would be a good way to test him and see if he makes a good Batman before considering a solo movie. Plus, as far as not having super-powered beings in the Nolan universe, they could just say that the nuclear blast affected the water, the radiation water came into contact with some Gotham citizens, added strange side effects, etc. Maybe that's too cheesy, but something along those lines.