The Justice League movie is happening.
When and who is involved in it is still largely a mystery to the community, but rest assured: the Man of Steel, Caped Crusader, Warrior Princess of the Amazon will be swinging on screen soon in an Avengers-style mash-up imminently.
As of now, other than Henry Cavill as Superman, casting for every major character is totally up in the air. For instance: who will play Batman, the character that completely reinvigorated the superhero genre and started this whole craze?
Screenwriter David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder have came out and said that the Batman the fights alongside Cavill’s Superman in a Justice League picture would be a rebooted one.
But fans have still been holding out for fan favorite and most recent Caped Crusader, Christian Bale, to reprise his role in the upcoming film.
Past comments about Bale only wanting to play the Dark Knight under Christopher Nolan‘s tutelage (with Nolan subsequently saying he’ll never direct another Batman flick) and indeed The Dark Knight Rises ending have all hinted at a Batman recasting.
And in a new interview on EW, Bale… confirms that, yea, he wont be in Justice League.
Bale on the whole thing:
“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy…Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.”
What’s a little more surprising is that he supposedly hasn’t even been contacted about the role by producers of the upcoming DC All-Star film.
“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.”
He talks about it as if it’s a foregone conclusion that he won’t be playing the popular superhero, created by Bob Kane in 1939.
The character is no stranger to being played by a plethora of different actors and Bale seems to understand and embrace this aspect of the icon’s history:
“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.”
So does this mean that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be donning the cape and cowl? Will someone else, perhaps a relatively unknown talent be tapped (much like Cavill’s Man of Steel)? Only time will tell.
The film has been rumored for a summer 2015 release, but we don’t even have the cast announced let alone a script or director.
Keep to FlickSided for more info on the Justice League film when we get it!