Christian Bale offered £40 million to return as Batman in ‘Man Of Steel’ sequel?

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin also said to be 'in the running' to play the caped crusader

Christian Bale has reportedly been offered a massive salary of £40 million to reprise his role as Batman.

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July) that Batman will join Henry Cavill‘s Superman in his forthcoming sequel – and dropped a heavy hint that the two won’t see eye to eye.

It’s since been rumoured that Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are “in the running” to play Bruce Wayne, but now a source has apparently told The Sun that ”Bale is facing extraordinary pressure” to dust off his cape in return for a hefty pay cheque.

Speaking last month (July), Bale insisted that he wouldn’t play Batman in Justice League, the mooted superhero ensemble movie that would potentially bring together a team of DC Comics favourites including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern in the style of Marvel’s The Avengers.

“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” Bale said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly on July 1.

Production on the Batman-assisted sequel to Man Of Steel is expected to begin next year and Warner Bros are targeting a summer 2015 release date. Since its release on June 14, Man Of Steel has raked in nearly $650 million (£420 million) at the box office worldwide.