Batman Bale (Still) Retired as Batman written by Sean Gerber July 1, 2013 Christian Bale once again finds himself answering questions about his future as Batman despite previous statements that he is done wearing the cape and cowl. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bale reiterated his retirement. “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” says Bale, who called EW to promote his upcoming revenge drama Out of the Furnace (in theaters Nov. 27). “Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.” The actor says he hasn’t even been involved in official talks about a Justice League movie. ”I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it.” But he says he’s not sad to pass Batman’s cowl into new hands: “It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.” Bale is excited about seeing a new actor playing Batman and hopefully fans will follow suit, as the door to the incredibly popular “Dark Knight” trilogy remains closed and locked. Bale (Still) Retired as Batman was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related The Dark Knight Trilogy 14 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Own ‘Iron Man 3’ on Blu-ray September 24th! next post ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ Officially Announced You may also like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ TV Spot #3 May 29, 2012 New TDKR Photos January 12, 2012 MMM #198: BATMAN (1989) Commentary June 23, 2014 ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Amasses $1 Billion... September 2, 2012 13-Minute ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Featurette July 8, 2012 BATMAN V SUPERMAN Will Have An R-Rated... February 23, 2016 Moving Forward, No News Is Good News... March 3, 2017 Scoot McNairy Joins BATMAN V SUPERMAN June 27, 2014 Ben Affleck Suggests His Batman Will Battle... August 29, 2016 Oldman Reveals TDKR Parting Gifts November 30, 2011 Adrian Edmondson He is my Batman , but looking forward to the next incarnation of the character in the MoS universe . Armie Hammer or Matt Bomer for Batz ( just needs to put on some weight ) . Gina Carano for WW , and Idris Alba for GL . That’s the making of good JL movie or solo movies . Stock A wise decision on all parts. They don’t make statues of live Batmen. James I still feel this is a missed opportunity. You see, he IS now at least the definitive Batman. Also the right age for graduation to a wider universe. Verisimilitude would easily be preserved here. Just show Gotham City’s response to the events that happen on a worldwide scale and Batman as part of that? Show him advising Superman on how to lead under pressure? It seems a shame that the Cavill Superman universe is SO compatible with Nolan Batman, albeit by a minor stretch of imagination, only to never meet! Hardcore fans of realism can simply ignore the JL /World’s Finest film; even Nolan’s universe had HINTS of the supernatural (‘is Ras al guhl not immortal?’) and Bruce can still return to Selina and that Italian cafe post mission, if only to repeat one of the most moving and magical events in cinema history. Phew! 😉 Naes I wish there were 7 Bale Batman films but it isn’t happening. Neither is a world’s finest with Bale. Neither is a JLA movie with Bale. People need to stop fantasizing. Fanboys didn’t really deserve 3 movies as much as they whined about Rises. “It just wasn’t what I wanted to see in a Batman film blah blah blah.” Bale doesn’t seem like the type of actor who you could just give a paycheck and he’d be on board for another movie. I’m grateful for the 3 movies. The rebooted Batman we see and is probably going to be shoehorned into some DC Cinematic Universe to copy Marvel (let’s call it Earth-Me Too!) ignoring for a moment that Batman would be useless in a world where Superman can level cities with reckless abandon. They’ll probably redo the origin story in the first movie. I would wager money that the rebooted Batman is going to face the Joker again because his iconic status will outweigh any impulse to let the character rest. Adrian I agree. At this point, people need to get over the fact that he’s not coming back. He’s a relatively young Academy Award winning actor who wants to do other projects. People need to respect both his decision and Nolan’s. I’m glad neither seem to be people who you can get to do something by driving up in a truck full of money. Theyre professionals. Personally, I don’t think he’s the definitive Bruce Wayne/Batman. I feel his version ranged from passable to good. After Batman Begins I think his role was overshadowed by the villains and the supporting cast. While the Nolan films are clearly not comedies, he came off like a straight man to me. He was competent but not carrying the films. On Netflix I recently watched the Batman/Superman film where Supergirl is introduced. Apocalypse/Apokalypse, I think it’s called. While I like the film and the comic it’s based on, I couldn’t help but feel that Batman seemed out of place in everything outside of Gotham City. I just can’t see it translating well to the big screen. We’ll see, I guess. Stock Adrian, no offense, but I think you’re going to be waiting a long time for a better Batman than Bale. I waited 41 years. What he was allowed to do, and was able to do as both Bruce and Batman in those three films is going to be a hard act to follow, by anyone’s standards. Craig Goldberg The only way that DC can realistically compete with Marvel on film is by expanding Nolan’s Batman universe. With those three films and Man Of Steel, you have the beginning of what could be a twenty year run of DC films. With Nolan and Snyder involved, we could be in for something very special. I hope WB does not miss the boat with this. Throw Bale and Nolan as much money as you can and make this happen. matt Does anyone else feel that another or new batman is way too soon. I mean, the TDKR just happened, and they are talking about a 2014/2015 release date of MOS2 with hints of the new batman. I think alot of people will be more confused on another actor than confused by including the TDK Trilogy story line to the DC universe. Adrian Well, Warner Bros. doesn’t really have much of a choice. Neither Nolan nor Bale are all that interested in returning. They’ve made it clear many times already that their trilogy was a standalone. Warner Bros. chose to accept those limitations in exchange for the trilogy’s huge success. It could end up being confusing to some but it really depends on how Warner Bros. markets it. It’s important that they get the clear word out that Man of Steel is the beginning and everything that follows is part of its universe. If they do that well, people might go along with it. Stock Matt, I still think the best move for both the character and the company is to return Batman to the small screen, in an adult oriented format on HBO or Showtime. Let us fans have him in our living rooms every week. Let us see a story really build and unfold, not this waiting 3 years between movie monstrosities where you will ultimately be disappointed because some character isn’t included, or some plot line seems stupid. Not to mention, your chances of being shot by some deranged doofus who fancies himself the Joker diminish greatly in the confines of your own home. I mean, I guess that added to the tension in TDKR, but I was kinda looking at the exits the first time I saw it. Charlie I think there is still a very small chance he and Nolan could return in some capacity. There were the talks a few months ago that said Nolan and company were coming back. It was reported by Latino Review, Batman-on-film, and here on MMM. I think you guys even had a podcast about it if I’m not mistaken. Those negotiations must have gotten pretty serious for BOF and MMM to actually run with the story. Of course we all know those talks fell through and there’s no real reason to think they’ll start up again, but the fact that they even happened in the first place and Nolan was tempted to return says something and I think leaves the door open just a tiny little bit that it could still happen. Comikaze I agree with Mr Goldberg. My slant on this is if Bale won’t come back, so be it. That doesn’t mean the world that the Nolan Bros. set up with Goyer can’t continue without him. Is Gary Oldman refusing to come back as Gordon? Is Micheal Caine refusing to return as Alfred? Is any of the others? I doubt it. You can still have the bulk of the cast from Bale’s trilogy and cast a new lead just like the James Bond franchise,you can have different actors playing the main character. I don’t see why this cant happen with Batman. I personally don’t want to sit thru another two plus hours explaining Batman’s origin AGAIN, when there is no need to. MOS thematically fits in with TDK trilogy and to me MOS actually is the DC film universe exploding, while TDK trilogy is the build up to that “explosion”. If WB realizes this they can push ot another BATMAN film set in the Nolan universe quicker than just waiting five years in order to reboot it. But i figure the Legendary Pictures situation is holding a lot of things up including Justice League. Yours Comikaze T.T. You have to pass it on at some point, if Bob Kane and Bill Finger were the only people ever to write and draw Batman, the comics would have died with them and you wouldn’t have gotten all the different variations of the character over the past 80 years. That’s also the reason James Bond has been in films for 50 years, because every so often they find a new actor to play the part and a new director with a fresh approach to the story, you have to pass it on or it will cease to exist Stock Right. And it will take ten years for most people to appreciate it. One of the best Bonds, in more opinions than mine, is In Her Majesty’s Secret Service, with George Lazenby as Bond. Because Lazenby got a big uncontrollable ego over it, Brocolli had to rehire Connery to do Diamonds are Forever, until they could find another Bond, Roger Moore. Its a funny world we live in.