If we go around Internet forums or keep scrolling through superhero fan accounts on social media, the effect of the Dark Night Trilogy on pop culture stands out evidently. Although DC has made several actors play the role of the cape crusader, Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman has a special place in everyone’s heart.
As far as he is concerned, he genuinely believes that he’s done with everything that the world’s greatest detective offers. But, his admiration for director Christopher Nolan has never fallen short of words.
Bale has also been very vocal about why Nolan was the reason he gave the nod to be a part of one of the greatest movie trilogies ever. “The thing for me is that Chris Nolan and I always said, If we’re lucky enough to do three, we’ll do three and leave it at that,” said Bale in an interview with Inverse.
He opens up on why three movies were all the project needed to hold and that he’d ever be willing to take up the mantle again if his director Nolan asks him to, “We were lucky enough to do three and stay true to our word. That’s loyalty. You’ve got to stick to a deal. If Chris came to me and said, ‘I’ve got a new story,’ I’d be interested. But other than that, I don’t think so.”
Bale’s decision to stick to a compelling story deems commendable as DC has always ditched its plans to stack up a cinematic universe, unlike its rival comic book giant, Marvel.
Over the years, fans have patiently waited to wrap their heads around rumors of all the Batman variants (as Marvel likes to call it) played by Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton to square up again as the DC Multiverse came to light. Movies like The Flash have only pushed this speculation further as fans believe a cameo would happen where we would see Bale’s Batman coming out of a dark ally with that infamous deep-growly voice.
But, this is not the first time Bale has stated something that protects his wishes for a grappling story arc of the character he plays.
During a series of interviews before the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, Bale told comicbook.com, “For me, that would be a matter of Chris Nolan, if he ever decided to do it again and if he chose to come my way again, then yeah, I would consider it because that was always our pact between each other is we would just stick to it. We said we would only ever make three. And then I said to myself, and I’d only ever make it with Chris.”
It just indicates how much the actor respects his take on his characters and how the movies would take their shape. Although his fans do not always get the expected answers, he certainly possesses some traits of that “guy in a Bat costume.” He’s always unpredictable.
For now, as far as we know, Batman will appear in The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. We can only hope DC is planning to tell us, “Let’s put a smile on that face!” But definitely in a positive way!