Christian Bale Shoots Down Batman Fan Theory


Christian Bale Shoots Down Batman Fan Theory

I’ve heard some outlandish, uninformed and flat out idiotic fanboy theories on the internet, but rarely do the zany ones get addressed by the people involved.

Good ones – like the theory that the Joel Schumacher Batman films actually exist within the Tim Burton Bat-universe as Hollywood-ized abstractions of the ‘real life events’ – never get talked about. Dumb ones – like the theory Entertainment Tonight asked Christian Bale about – should normally be blown off.

Thankfully, though, Bale did what we all want to do with such hair brained speculations. He shut it down.

While at the premiere of Bale’s new film The Big Short at the AFI closing night in Hollywood, he was asked about the fan theory that postulated the actor’s triumphant return to the role in upcoming DC films. Supposedly the Bruce Wayne seen in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight films is the real Batman, now retired. The Wayne seen in the forthcoming Batman v Superman is just a man who’s adopted the mantle of the Caped Crusader, as was teased at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. Got it?

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At first he played kind of coy about the subject.

"I haven’t heard that. This is the first I’ve heard of it. I think it’s pretty clear that Ben [Affleck] is playing Batman now."

Then he just put and end to it.

"No, it’s not happening."

Wise choice. If he hadn’t done that then fanboys would have seen it as evidence it was possible. He didn’t deny it, after all. So Bale had to say the obvious about a really, really dumb idea.

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So now you know. It ain’t happening. Also, I seriously doubt Jared Leto’s Joker is a former Robin in Batman v Superman. Based on the spy photos we’ve seen (that WB won’t let us post legally) and the reported possibility that Under the Red Hood is being adapted for the Batman solo film, it’s just not very likely.

Sorry to break it to those who want to believe.