In a recent interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” Christian Bale officially confirmed what we’d long suspected. That he will not, in fact, be donning the cowl for a Justice League movie. He said (graciously) “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy.” When asked directly about the Justice League, he said, “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.”
I mean, I think the “may be making” question was blown out of the water after Henry Cavill’s Man Of Steel sped its way to becoming the second highest grossing film of the year. (Surpassed only by the Avengers-assisted Iron Man 3.) So who will play The Caped Crusader? I feel like they laid that out pretty plainly at the close of Nolan’s final Batman film. Who was literally rising at the end of The Dark Knight Rises? Oh. You know.
You can call him Nightwing if you like, but I’ll be absolutely gobsmacked if the new Justice League franchise doesn’t try to make some connection to the universe Nolan created. So I look forward to this inevitable summer franchise. All 500 days of it.