Christian Bale Says He Was Never Even Approached About Playing Batman Again

In an interview with Esquire, The Dark Knight trilogy star Christian Bale puts to rest any rumors that he was sought by Warner Bros. to reprise his role as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“No. I’ve never heard of that,” Bale said, in response to a question about him being approached for James Bond before Daniel Craig. “Equally untrue about them coming to me for Batman, before Ben Affleck…I think it’s the right decision. People were talking about this obscene amount of money they were saying was thrown at me. No. I didn’t have a single conversation with anybody about ever playing the role again.”

Bale goes on to say that he doesn’t ever see himself putting on the cape and cowl again.

“I think, probably with that, it’s never,” he says. “Because I can’t help but feel it would just be a spoof on it. You know what I mean?”

Bale also notes that he has no firsthand knowledge of the effect The Dark Knight films have had on superhero movies, since he’s never seen any other films in the genre, though he has heard things.


“I confess, I’ve never seen another comic book film,” he says. “But I understand they… set a different tone.”

Bale’s next film is Exodus: Gods and Kings, opening December 12.