Zack Snyder Considered Christian Bale For Batman V Superman

As you may recall, Christian Bale recently expressed mixed feelings about turning his back on the Batman series. While leaving the franchise along with director Christopher Nolan seemed like a logical choice at the time, his first glimpses of Batfleck in costume triggered some unexpected regret. Of course, there’s no reason to think that reprising this role was ever an option. According to director Zack Snyder, his Batman—and the world around him—is so different from its predecessor that he had to hire a new actor. “This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies,” Snyder told FilmInk. “It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale if we wanted to, because he doesn’t exist in our world.”

That’s a pretty clear-cut, definitive statement, but the director adds that Bale’s name was still in the conversation—for a very different role. “Maybe we could hire him to play another part,” Snyder said. “We did talk about that briefly. I just wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean.”


To be honest, we don’t know what he means. Our best guess is that he considered casting Bale, in order to emphasize how different his take is from Nolan’s… or something. In the end, that (very confusing) idea was wisely abandoned and Bale was spared hundreds of hours in a makeup chair. Find out how it all turned out when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrives in theatres March 25. Never heard of it? Watch the trailer below.