It was just a few weeks ago back when actor Christian Bale said he wasn’t sold on playing the Caped Crusader in the planned Justice League film. But if Legendary Pictures has anything to say, it’s that the actor can’t refuse the massive payday it’s willing to give him to reprise his role. Does $30 million sound good enough Mr. Bale?
According to the publisher of “Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma”, the studio is willing to shell out that much to get Bale back into the DC fold. Author Vince Russel makes the following claims in the book:
“As the bat signal still glimmers with fervor above Bale’s Hollywood marquee, Christian Bale’s experience as the Batman of our generation is about to prove more inescapable than he expected. With three of the most successful Batman films in Hollywood history under his belt, Christian Bale is now facing extraordinary pressure to become The Dark Knight once again.”
“Although Downey has appeared as Tony Stark in four movies in less than a decade, he’s hardly typecast as Iron Man,” Russel says, “Downey has balanced his action film escapades with other projects that have harnessed his talents and earned critical acclaim in the process. If Bale follows a similar formula, his box office glory days may not be behind him – a reality that other men who have donned the black cape weren’t so fortunate to experience.”
“…[Bale] may need Batman every bit as much as the Batman franchise still needs Christian Bale.”
Pretty harsh words. This could also be taken as Slander, so Russel better lawyer up fast. Until then, it’s uncertain whether Bale will return to the Batman franchise or as the Dark Knight in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.