Let’s be clear: Warner Bros. and everyone associated with the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie has indicated that a new Batman will be cast. In fact, Warner Bros. has been so clear in indicating that Christian Bale isn’t coming back that I don’t entirely believe them.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that Warner Bros. is planning to move forward with or without Christian Bale. In fact, their willingness to move forward with a new actor might even be a negotiating ploy to bring Christian Bale back.
With rumors surfacing that Warner Bros. is looking for an older actor to play Batman, it really raises the question of why they would not bring Christian Bale back. If Warner Bros. was searching for a younger actor, it might make sense that they would go with someone other than Bale that could play the character for many years to come.
However, if Warner Bros. is indeed looking for an older actor as multiple sources have reported, then it would seem like Christian Bale would be the ideal choice. Introducing a new actor as an older Batman creates the dilemma for Warner Bros. of how to establish the new Batman’s background and history in the confines of a Batman Vs. Superman movie. With Christian Bale, Warner Bros. could pick up right where The Dark Knight Rises left off.
In a new book called Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma, the author says that sources close to Christian Bale have indicated that they suspect his view on returning as Batman might be changing. Just like Robert Downey Jr. has been able to balance playing Iron Man with other roles, Christian Bale could find the same type of success if he continues playing Batman.