A lot of fans believe that Bale would have done better as Batman and now Kevin Smith has revealed which actor he would have loved to play Batman in Batman v Superman.
Recently, during his Fat Man on Batman podcast with Mark Bernardin, Smith was asked whether he felt that DCEU could have done better if Bale had reprised Batman and Smith had thoughts to share about it. He remarked how that would have impacted the movies’ timeline.
“Number one, I like your movie a lot more,” Smith said about a Batman v Superman featuring Bale. “It feels like, I mean, was that they weren’t saying that Ben was Christian Bale, but they were saying like ‘oh he’s been around for years he’s not that guy anymore.’ I think I would have preferred it, and I’m not, this ain’tsh**ting on Affleck, but as a guy who loved the Nolan trilogy when they announced like hey they’re making Man of Steel and Chris Nolan’s a producer on it, ‘I was like “oh f**k man, so that means like his Batman and his Superman will coexist’ and then ultimately it wound up being Zack Snyder’s Superman… Batman instead. I would have preferred the Christian Bale version just as a continuity freak of like yeah, all these f**kers… and also it would have been like, what does everyone b**ch about DC movies doing? Oh, they’re trying to be like Marvel and catch up to Marvel. They had it right there. They were like making these f**king Batman movies forever so now we’re just going to connect them, so we’ve got a universe, but instead, they launched a brand-new universe.”
Smith further explained how fans love Nolan’s movies and it would have been a smart call to make Bale return even if it was in a limited role and Bernardin agreed to him as well. He explained how it could have been very easy to link The Dark Knight Rises ending with Man of Steel by showing that Superman’s actions in the film compelled Dark Knight to come back.
“And not only that but then it becomes an emotional story, it becomes what makes this guy give up happiness like what does Superman do … we won’t discuss the fact that Batman retired because Batman doesn’t f**king retire, but had he retired, what’s enough to pull this guy away from the dream he’s always had of having the girl, of having the paradise, of having to be able to not be haunted and tortured by his parents’ death what brings the guy to put the suit back on?”Bernardin said.
Although, it might have been great storytelling if Bale’s Batman had been a part of the movie, but, it won’t have been possible to do that within DCEU. Bale has been quite vocal about how he feels about playing a superhero once again, and it is better if we don’t expect him to suit up, either as Batman or any other superhero, in the visible future.
“No, I’m not interested in doing that,” Bale told Collider in 2017. “I’ve never seen — I’m trying to thin if that’s correct, I think I’m actually correct. I can’t remember a single superhero film that I’ve ever watched. Apart from the ones I made and like, Christopher Reeve Superman films.”
Bale also informed Variety in 2017 that he doesn’t have truly great feelings about the Dark Knight trilogy, but, if we talk about Batman’s big screen versions for fans who were unhappy with Affleck’s version, they could be getting another version of the character soon anyway. Earlier in June, a report had come out claiming that the Matt Reeves solo Batman film, The Batman would be a reboot featuring another actor and not Affleck.
The next DCEU film is Aquaman releasing on December 21, and it will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 on November 1, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.