Christian Bale says he’ll never be Batman again: who should replace him?

I don’t really know why any of this is such huge news, but everybody is running with it like it’s something huge. Christian Bale has given an interview where he claims (not for the first time, mind you) that this third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film is his final one. He’s said this several times – he only wanted to do three, Nolan only wanted to do three, and Batman geeks knew – as soon as they heard that Tom Hardy was cast as Bane – that Batman didn’t have many places to go past this third installment. First, Bale’s comments – which include some nice words about Anne Hathaway (insert conspiratorial side-eye here):

Christian Bale’s days as a superhero are over. “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that [Batman hood] off,” The Dark Knight Rises star tells the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and [director Christopher Nolan] — that will be the end of that Batman era.”

The era began in 2005, when Bale joined forces with Nolan to reinvigorate the flailing franchise, based on a series of graphic novels. (Previous actors who played Batman include Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.) The first film, Batman Begins, earned $372 million worldwide, though its sequel The Dark Knight (costarring the late Heath Ledger) fared much better, earning $1 billion globally.

The Dark Knight Rises features some old characters — Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) and James Gordon (Gary Oldman) — and introduces some new faces: Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Bane (Tom Hardy).

“In many ways, [Hathaway] has the hardest job,” Bale, 37, says. “There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us.”

As for Gordon-Levitt, 30? “Joseph is a very intriguing guy,” Bale says. “He’s somebody who truly seems to love acting. He’s a good, smart guy.”

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20, 2012.

[From Us Weekly]

So, it’s done. And much like the Jason Bourne films, I think that Nolan and Bale will stick to their guns and refuse to do another film, no matter how much they’re offered (Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon said no to the money as well for a fourth Bourne film). But much like Bourne, the franchise has simply made too much money for too many people, and producers aren’t going to let some artist-types have the final say – not without disinterring the corpse and slapping it around a few times. So even though Bale and Nolan are done and The Dark Knight Rises will probably make a billion dollars easy and everyone will be happy with the Nolan trilogy, somebody will say, “Hey, we should get another director in here and start all over again with a new Batman!” It’s inevitable. So HuffPo asked – Who should the next Batman be? You can see HuffPo’s list here – they have some decent names on the list. But I just have one word for you good bitches: FASSDONG. Michael Fassbender as Batman? OH DEAR GOD YEEEEEEEESSSS. I should mention this too – if Daniel Craig is ever done with James Bond, lots of people want Fassbender for Bond too. I think he might be better as Batman though?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. k says:

    Can you imagine being struck by the sight of yellow cheshire-cat teeth beaming from the batmask?

  2. Sisi says:

    I prefer Fassbender as Magneto

  3. Blue says:

    I don’t like him as Batman, so I say thank g_d. Also he says it’s the end of the Batman era like it won’t be redone again in 10 years.

  4. Reece says:

    Sorry Kaiser. He’s already Magneto.

    I hope WB would leave it for a while. They can go back to it in another 10yrs like they did with this trilogy.
    I’m sure they won’t.

  5. kristipistol says:

    Gosling could pull of Bruce Wayne

  6. Jules says:

    Gosling in a few years perhaps. And although I adore Fassie, I don’t know if I see him as Batman.

  7. Zozo says:

    If they are really clever they will probably kill “the Batman.” It would be such a smart way to put an end to their trilogy, and it would be extremely difficult for Studio executives to work around it for future re-boots. Also I could totally see Nolan doing that.

  8. Artisan says:

    Idk, I can’t see Jonn Hamm as Batman (lolol at that!). Maybe back when Adam West was Batman and he got injured on set, and the Hamm filled in. Yeah…. maybe.

  9. the original bellaluna says:

    To me, Michael Keaton will ALWAYS be Batman, and Bruce Wayne.

    And Matt Damon was NEVER Jason Bourne. Jason Bourne was about 6’1″, had eyes that could be brown, blue, or green; hair that could be blond, brown, or red; and was totally non-descript. (READ THE DAMN BOOKS!)

  10. Kris says:

    Jensen Ackles should be batman. Would have been a better Captain America, though.

  11. Emma says:

    I know it’s not the exact same thing, but Tobey Maguire as Spiderman? Not sure I would have picked him out to play that role. I’m anxious to see how Andrew Garfield handles it. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine until the role is cast and finished filming.

  12. lorraine says:

    I will say Keaton was a great Batman but what I loved about what Nolan did was that he showed that Batman was a normal guy and displayed the process of how he became to be Batman. Batman wasn’t born with superhero powers. I just absolutely loved the franchise and it is time to end it with Bale & Nolan.

  13. carrie says:

    please NOT a reboot by Brett Ratner or not a remake of a Nolan Batman movie!

    Bale was the first Wayne/Batman that i liked

  14. lucy2 says:

    I love the Nolan films so far, so I’m glad they’re just going to tell the story they want and be done, rather than drag it out for more money.
    I don’t think any of those guys are a great choice. I hope they leave the franchise alone for a while, but I doubt it.

    Ben Wyatt! Yay! That was one of my favorite parts of this season of Parks & Rec.

  15. Jacq says:

    Saw the article, saw the tags & started laughing! How did we know who you would pick?!?! Lol

  16. Denise says:

    Of course Fassbender had to be worked into a story that has nothing to do with him. Nobody else should play Batman. The franchise has been beaten to death, and Gotham is now crime free.

  17. carrie says:

    and it’s nice to know they casted the best actress in screen test for Catwoman because i really don’t buy Anne Hathaway as Catwoman(Pfeiffer was so good )and Hathaway has the worst job in DARK KNIGHT RISES

  18. jinni says:

    Instead of continuing the traditional Batman franchise, I wish they would do a movie based on the Batman Beyond cartoon. I loved that show and it was cool to see Bruce Wayne as the mentor, plus Max was my favorite character (knowing Hollywood the’d probably make Maxine Caucasian).

  19. ShanKat says:

    How about no more effing Batman? Is this stupid funnybook such a staple in the culture that there always has to be a Bat? Feh!

  20. Gem says:

    I have never liked any superhero films until I saw this trilogy, as my fantasy husband (Bale) was starring I watched Batman Begins, purely for hot guy in spandex reasons and absolutely LOVED it and the sequel. I cannot wait for the last instalment but will also shed a tear as it will be the last time I see Bale in a sexy batsuit!

  21. Harley says:

    OMG- for me, there will never be enough Batman! Bale, hands down, is my fav Batman. Fassie as Bats? No. *shudder* Don’t know who should be the next Batman (it’s inevitable that there will be more movies-just look at Spidey), but it ain’t Fassie…

  22. jex says:

    This Fassbender crap is getting really f’n annoying.

  23. Ms says:

    Fassbender would rock as Batman!

  24. whatevs says:

    the best batman was michael keaton tbh

  25. LBeees says:

    Kaiser, I’m with you!

    Fassbender should give me some hot, smoldering, gingery love. He is…soulful.

    Did anyone else catch the movie Jane Eyre that came out this year? Fassbender as Rochford was amazing. I rented it yesterday and already watched in three times. Shut up.

  26. Euphorima says:

    In that top pic Christian Bale looks like he got tits!!! Yawn.

    On a totally diffrent note, im so hooked on this f*cking website it isnt even funny. I need rehab!!!

  27. DemoCat says:

    Macaulay Culkin for Batman! (I keed, I keed!) Don’t get the Fassbender Fassination (ha) AT ALL.

  28. sierra says:

    yuck. I like fassbender but not as my beloved batman.

  29. normades says:

    Neither Gosling or Fassie would take on this role after Bale, he is too hard of an act to follow. Plus their careers are going great…they don’t need this for a boost and it would be too much of a risk if they failed.

    If they reboot I think they will go much younger.

  30. kiko says:

    lets have the Hamm to be the next batman..with lots of nude scenes!!!

  31. Addison says:

    NOT Fassbender, He is destined for Bond Greatness! Sure some of you can say he can do both, but I don’t think with the shooting schedules that will be possible. Plus we still want him to do great dramas which he is wonderful in. Although I love Batman (DC geek), this needs to be given a break. Bale in my opinion is the best Batman there has been. Reading the Batman series in the 90′s (dark and intense) I loved this Nolan series the best.

  32. ann h. says:

    Wow, I’ve almost forgotten how good looking C.B. is. More pictures please.

  33. jane says:

    who should replace him?

    james mcavoy