Christian Bale: I Would Play Batman Again If Christopher Nolan Directs

Christian Bale hasn't quite closed the door on playing Bruce Wayne/Batman for the fourth time on the big screen. There's only one condition: Christopher Nolan has to direct. The Oscar winner recently told ScreenRant that he would don the Dark Knight cloak one more time while Nolan is back in the director's chair. Nolan directed Bale in three Batman films, with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises both grossing over $1 billion at the global box office.
"No. Nobody's ever mentioned it to me. Nobody's brought it up," Bale said when asked if he could repeat Batman. "People occasionally say to me, 'Oh, I heard you've been approached and offered you all that." And I'm like, 'This is new to me. No one's ever said that.'"
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"I had a deal with Chris Nolan," added Bale. "We said, 'Hey, look. Let's do three films if we're lucky enough to do that. And then let's go. Let's not linger too long.” I think it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, “You know what, I have another story to tell.” And if he wanted to share that story with me, I am in."
Together, Nolan and Bale have redefined the comic book film adaptation with their in-depth approach to the genre in Batman Begins. With 2008's sequel The Dark Knight, the duo delivered what many still consider to be the greatest superhero film of all time. Since Bale quit the role of Batman, both Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson have taken on the role. The latter was celebrated earlier this year for The Batman, which grossed $770 million worldwide (well ahead of Bale's $373 million launcher Batman Begins).
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"I still haven't seen it. I'll see," Bale recently told Variety of The Batman. "Listen mate, it's amazing how few movies I see. Every director I work with has seen a few of their films and they always look at me and say, “Are you kidding?” I really enjoy films and I don't watch too many. But I will, I definitely will.”
Bale added: "Robert is an absolutely wonderful actor. We met by chance, talked about it a bit beforehand and I heard wonderful things.”
Next up is a return to comic book movies for Bale thanks to his villain role as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, which opens nationally July 8.
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