Christian Bale Offered $50 Million to Return as Batman in 'Justice League'

'The Expendables 2' actor Scott Adkins is rumored to have auditioned for this highly coveted role in 'Man of Steel 2'.

Christian Bale offered a whopping $50 million to return as Batman in Justice League
Christian Bale offered a whopping $50 million to return as Batman in Justice League
It's only been a few weeks since Warner Bros. made that earth-shattering announcement at Comic-Con 2013 that Batman and Superman will square off in Man of Steel 2. It has long been known that Christian Bale has no interest in returning as Batman after The Dark Knight Rises ended his trilogy last year, but, according to a new e-book, that may not be the case.

The publishers of Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma, which debuted this week, alleges that Warner Bros. has offered the actor a whopping $50 million to come back as The Dark Knight for Justice League, which is currently in development and will likely come after Man of Steel 2.

It isn't known if the alleged offer would include the actor returning in Man of Steel 2 or not.

Here's the official description of this e-book written by Vince Russell, which is currently available on Amazon.

""Beyond Batman" is the unauthorized true story of Christian Bale and his real life Dark Knight dilemma.

As the bat signal still glimmers with fervor above Bale's Hollywood marquee, this compelling, first-of-its-kind work recounts Christian Bale's inescapable experience as the Batman of our generation.

With three of the most successful Batman films in Hollywood history under his belt, Christian Bale is now facing extraordinary pressure to become The Dark Knight once more in the forthcoming Justice League film.

This compelling read exposes how sources close to Christian Bale have reportedly begun expressing their suspicions that Bale now views the Batman films in the same light that Robert Downey Jr. views the Iron Man films.

Although Downey has appeared as Tony Stark in four movies in less than a decade, he's hardly typecast as Iron Man. Downey has balanced his action film escapades with other projects that have harnessed his talents and earned critical acclaim in the process.

If Bale follows a similar formula, his box office glory days may not be behind him - a reality that other men who have donned the black cape weren't so fortunate to experience.

In the end, Christian Bale's future success as a top Hollywood draw may need Batman every bit as much as the Batman franchise still needs Christian Bale."

In related news, which seems to contradict the claims made in this book, The Expendables 2 star Scott Adkins has auditioned for the Batman role in Man of Steel 2. One would think that, if this huge offer was actually made to Christian Bale, Warner Bros. and Legendary wouldn't be auditioning other actors to play Batman in Man of Steel 2 and/or Justice League, especially since we reported just last month that Christian Bale is not coming back as Batman for Justice League.

We also reported in June that Man of Steel 2 will directly tie in to Justice League, meaning both movies would presumably feature the same actor playing The Dark Knight.

Stay tuned for more details as soon as more information is released.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.



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  1. Romero1989

    @CoreyB I had to watch it with the subs, and the only reason people went back was because of Heath Ledger's epic performance, but heres who would be perfect for the Dark Knight.. Karl Urban!!!!!!!!!

    12 months agoby @romero1989Flag

  2. Brizzy

    This is all BULL. SH*TE.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  3. Sean

    @2movieguys You heard it was $30 million? Where did you hear that from?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. CelluloidDreams

    I heard it was $30 million!!. The price keeps changing!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  5. Sean

    @MillerFarrow Oh, I see. Yes, I meant Man of Steel 2.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. MillerFarrow

    @sean If you mean Man of Steel 2, yeah, it would be taking place after Man of Steel.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  7. Sean

    @MillerFarrow Would that still be after the events of Man of Steel ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. MillerFarrow

    @sean Man of Steel 2 wouldn't be the prequel. Dark Knight Rises has its ending going on while Clark is becoming Superman. Then Man of Steel 2 would take place afterwords.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  9. Buriblazing

    He should do it

    1 year agoby @buriblazingFlag

  10. Sean

    @MillerFarrow I don't know if I like that idea, having Man of Steel 2 being a prequel. Although, Wasn't Man of Steel pretty much an origin story of Superman. If so, which i'm sure it is, then a prequel would not really be needed.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. MillerFarrow

    @sean (Spoilers for MOS)
    But on the other hand, for Bale to come back would work fine. You have Bruce see Superman off Zod. I know Zod's a villain but he dosen't think that's the right thing to do. Have MOS take place after Rises. By that I mean Clark becoming Superman.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  12. MillerFarrow

    @sean Jon Hamm would do a good job.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  13. Sean

    @MillerFarrow Yeah, I think it seems unlikely as well. There should be an older actor playing Batman.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. Sean

    @CoreyB I don't think Christian Bale will be returning to play Batman again.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. MillerFarrow

    @sean It seems unlikely. I'd prefer him over some of the choices that are being looked at. But like if they want to continue Nolan's Universe, which they seem keen on doing. They should just make it him.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  16. MillerFarrow

    @CoreyB Before Dark Knight Rises was released, I would've probably said end it here for this Batman. That was when I thought it was curtain they were going to kill Batman. How they ended it wasn't bad. It just wasn't as conclusive as I was expecting from how they were describing it. So I say yeah, bring Bale back. He'd do it, but that's only if Nolan asks him to which knowing him, he won't.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  17. slysnide

    Actually they obviously would be auditioning other actors for the role, for if Bale rejects the alleged offer, then they'd need someone to turn to quickly. Especially if they seriously intend to make their 2015 release date.

    1 year agoby @slysnideFlag

  18. CoreyB

    @themoviefanatic I think that would be cool but Bruce comes back when he realizes Robin needs him and the world needs the real Batman.

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  19. CoreyB

    @MillerFarrow Yeah this close to TDK trilogy they have to keep Bale...Imagine the box office?! Imagine the criticism a new actor is gonna get this close to TDKRises?! Feel bad for that guy. Nolan, Zimmer and Goyer are all still involved so just continue it for christs sake.

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  20. CoreyB

    @romero1989 Yeah no1 could understand him thats why the trilogy made 2.5 billion and to many is considered one of the best movie franchises of all time. Oh so thats why people went back for multiple viewings?!! Cuz they couldnt understand himm??! Ohhh ok

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  21. Sean

    @MillerFarrow Do you think Joseph Gordon-Levitt will end being the actor who will play Batman ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. MillerFarrow

    @sean If they want to continue Nolan's Universe, just make it John Blake. Bruce Wayne's story is done. Bale knows that.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  23. Sean

    @MillerFarrow I thought they would have it be him, with the way the Dark Knight Rises ended. But, It will be interesting to find out who will really be playing Batman, if not Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  24. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    DON'T do it, Bale. :-(

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  25. MillerFarrow

    Why not just make it Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  26. Sean

    @moviemaniac66 You absolutely right. I cannot imagine super powered being in Nolan's universe either.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. Romero1989

    Love everthing about the Dark Knight accept Batman voice, we need a batman that we can understnd.

    1 year agoby @romero1989Flag

  28. MovieManiac

    The vibe of both Nolan's Trilogy and Man of Steel seem to different. I cannot imagine super powered beings in Nolan's universe . They should just use this opportunity as a way to reestablished a new batman in this universe.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  29. Superman81

    @renodc express news out of the UK is saying he should be signed on by fall and a source from WB said he is the odds on favorite to be the new Batman.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag