Christian Bale Won't Play Batman Anymore, Plus: Armie Hammer Teases the Insane 'Justice League' That Never Was

Christian Bale Won't Play Batman Anymore, Plus: Armie Hammer Teases the Insane 'Justice League' That Never Was

Jul 02, 2013

It's okay to admit there's a small ounce of you still hoping to see Christian Bale return as Batman in order to team up with Henry Cavill's Superman on an eventual Justice League movie. After all, The Dark Knight Rises is playing on a loop on HBO right now, and after we watched the film 4,700 times over the weekend, it's hard not to want to see that guy in the Batsuit again. Alas, it's not to be, and director Christopher Nolan even sets this up in The Dark Knight Rises when Bruce Wayne tells John Blake that Batman isn't a man, he's a symbol. Anyone can become Batman, and when Warner Bros. eventually decides to bring Batman back to the big screen, he won't be played by Christian Bale.

Bale confirmed to EW that he's moving on and has no knowledge of a Justice League movie. ”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. 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.”

Meanwhile, in an alternate universe, Armie Hammer played Batman in what sounds like one helluva nutty Justice League movie. Hammer, who plays the Lone Ranger in the new Disney film, was originally set to play Batman in George Miller's Justice League movie back in 2008 before the whole thing was shut down and scrapped. Speaking to HitFix about the movie, Hammer says that Miller pushed the DC characters further than any of the DC people were comfortable with, and then took things even further. Is that one of the reasons it was dumped? Was it just too nuts for DC to commit to?

Check out the video below, where Hammer also talks a little about what the Batman costume looked like.

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What do you think they should do with Batman? Do they reboot the character from scratch or should they find a new actor to play a Batman that exists within Christopher Nolan's universe?

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