July 2, 2013
Christian Bale insists he won't play Batman in 'Justice League' movie
'Dark Knight' star says the role is 'a torch that should be handed from one actor to another'
Christian Bale has insisted that he won't return as Batman in Justice League, the mooted superhero ensemble movie from Warner Bros.
Justice League would bring together a team of DC Comics favourites including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern in the style of Marvel's The Avengers. The film is rumoured to be in the works now but Man Of Steel's Henry Cavill, who would probably appear as Superman, has recently admitted it's unlikely to happen "anytime soon".
Earlier this year (2013), Joseph Gordon-Levitt dismissed rumours that he's already in line to play Batman in Justice League. Now Bale has made it clear that he wouldn't consider reprising his role from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy," Bale told Entertainment Weekly. Later in the interview, he said of the iconic role: "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 also insisted he hasn't even been approached about the new movie, adding: "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."
Meanwhile, Bale will next be seen in Out Of The Furnace, a revenge thriller from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film, which co-stars Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana and Woody Harrelson, opens in UK cinemas on November 29.
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