Report: Christian Bale Will Return as Batman in Justice League

El Mayimbe over at Latino Review, still considered one of the Internet's best snoops when it comes to superhero movie scoops, claimed tonight that Christopher Nolan will produce a Justice League movie in which Christian Bale will return as Batman.

The site, whose track record has taken a bit of a ding recently with Marvel sources denying his Planet Hulk story from Super Bowl Sunday--but who point out to readers that their Warner/DC track record is impeccable, having churned out such gems as the casting of Brandon Routh as Superman and Heath Ledger as The Joker, says that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will also produce, and possibly direct, the feature, and that Nolan has taken over as "godfather" of DC Entertainment's Warner films.

El Mayimbe suggests that Warner Bros. sees Man of Steel as a potential billion-dollar film, and that between the two and a half billion dollar haul of the Dark Knight Trilogy and Christian Bale's Academy Award, he's seen as an antidote to the massive, auteur-driven challenges that Warners will face in Joss Whedon's Avengers and J.J. Abrams's Star Wars franchise.

Both Snyder and Nolan have denied working on Justice League in the past, and The Dark Knight/Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer was reportedly unable or unwilling to comment for the Latino Review story--but Christian Bale has said in the past that he would return as Bruce Wayne/Batman if Christopher Nolan asked him to.

No further details emerged in his video, embedded below, although notes on the story indicated that a World's Finest movie--which nicely fits the Nolan title scheme--could be in the offing before Justice League.