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It looks like Robert Pattinson has to move aside because Christian Bale could be coming back as Bruce Wayne if a particular auteur summons his bat signal.
The latest Marvel franchise member has not completely ended his ties to the DC universe. Bale, who makes his first appearance in the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder, is OK with returning to his role as Batman on a condition: It must be at the request of filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
After starring in the director’s hit series, the Dark Knight trilogy (2005 to 2012), Bale would jump onto a call if Nolan still had a story to tell.
“I had a pact with Chris Nolan,” Bale said in an interview with Screenrant.
“We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long.’ In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in.”
Although this sparked excitement among several fans, it’s a little bit too impossible as Nolan is not an active member of the DC film franchise any longer following Zack Snyder’s takeover of Gotham City in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which held Ben Affleck’s debut to the empire.
Affleck even came back for Justice League in 2017 ahead of Matt Reeves’ The Batman with Pattinson, which launched early this year.
In recent times, Bale confirmed he has yet to see how Pattinson performed as the character despite hearing “wonderful things.”
“I still haven’t seen it. I will see it,” Bale said in an interview with Variety at the Thor: Love and Thunder premiere in Hollywood last week.
“Listen, mate, it’s amazing how few films I see. Every director I work with, I’ve seen a couple of their films, and they’re always looking at me, going, ‘Are you kidding?’ I like to really savor films I don’t watch too many. But I will, I certainly will. Robert is an absolutely wonderful actor. We bumped into each other, talked a little bit about it ahead of time, and I heard wonderful things.”