Christian Bale Was Possibly Set to Play ‘Superman’?

Director Wolfgang Petersen revealed Bale was up for a part in his ‘Batman vs. Superman’ project that was never filmed.

Christian Bale was possibly set to play Superman?
Christian Bale was possibly set to play Superman?
Actor Christian Bale has certainly made the most out of his two performances as Bruce Wayne/Batman but it was recently revealed that Bale could've played yet another DC superhero for Warner Bros. MTV Splash Page recently spoke with director Wolfgang Petersen who revealed that Christian Bale was one of his top choices to play Superman in the film that never was, Batman vs. Superman.

Petersen said that the role of Superman was down to just Bale and one other actor, Josh Hartnett, and Petersen said the film almost went forward.

"It was pretty close," said Petersen. "And then the studio got a single Superman script I think from J.J. Abrams at that time, and [Warner Bros. chief] Alan Horn was so torn - because it's such a fascinating concept to do a Batman versus Superman film. And I still think it would be to do that. But the studio decided to try separate version of Superman and Batman, and then maybe think about down the road if you want to bring them together in one film."

Both Petersen's film and the Abrams Superman project fell through and the studio ended up moving forward with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins in 2005, which lead to the mega-blockbuster 2008 sequel The Dark Knight as well as Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns.

It was said that one of the factors that shut down Petersen's film was that the studio had just greenlit his Green war epic, Troy.

The Dark Knight was released July 18th, 2008 and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Gabriela Curnen. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: MTV Splash Page

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  1. Shinjiikari1984

    whoelse was on the list, it would be interesting to hear him speak in his nice american acent, unless it'd different if they lt Superman be British.

    5 years agoby @shinjiikari1984Flag

  2. WongFu

    Bale is Batman, he can't be Superman. If he's in it then I refuse to watch it.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  3. Movie_jedi815


    5 years agoby @movie-jedi815Flag

  4. Shogun BlizZzard

    Oh I get you, you what I wished they maid him more creepier and scary scarecrow-ish, I know they can't have all of them in big roles but they can at least give a little more, but I see what Nolan is doing he making as realistic as possible

    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  5. tyler13d

    Meaning he's real slim.

    5 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  6. Shogun BlizZzard

    you can just call blizZzard

    Oh I read it, and yes it nonsense, but I'm not sure what you mean about Cillian Murphy

    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  7. tyler13d

    @ Omega,

    Agreed...only highlighting THEIR casting choice at the time. (Whoever "they" are)

    My personal for any probable Batman project would go to Cillian Murphy as they originally intended for Batman Begins. Lots of work needed first to change that pencilneck frame ...

    5 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  8. Vanboy

    Omega, I'm refering to the news above us, not you. I didn't even read what you posted. Read the news above us again and you'll se that it just tells us, what almost was, not what's coming up. Got it?

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  9. Shogun BlizZzard

    you talking to me, I'm just making conversation, I really don't care what its about

    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  10. Vanboy

    And the point to this information was.........

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  11. Shogun BlizZzard

    Escapsist your right about Will Smith as Neo and that would mean Val Kilmore as Morpheus, both bad choice but Keanu Reeves wasn't the best choice either, he can't act and his fighting looks choreographed and slow but it to image someone else but thats not a good thing

    Tyler13d Colin Farrell is a sh*t choice, they would ruin batman if they picked him for Bruce Wayne/ Batman

    but I'm done talking about this superman vs batman will never happen and it nonsense

    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  12. tyler13d

    Think they wanted Colin Farell for Bruce Wayne.

    5 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  13. Escapist

    Will Smith would've played Neo....we're all glad he didn't.

    5 years agoby @escapistFlag

  14. CelluloidDreams

    Christian Bale made the right choice W./Batman!

    5 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  15. WongFu

    It could go either way, I would prefer Josh to play Superman. Bale's just load, a perfect fit for Bruce Wayne. He can't have it two ways, Bale vs. Bale is just as gay as Toby vs Toby, the old Spiderman.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  16. xXxRafaelxXx

    Yeah, and Brandon Routh for Bruce Wayne, very nice!!!

    5 years agoby @xxxrafaelxxxFlag

  17. Diaigma

    HAHAHA! No thanks. Bale screaming at Lois is the last thing we need :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  18. Tinman

    I think they mean Greek war epic.

    5 years agoby @tinmanFlag

  19. Yahzee

    Green war epic = Troy?? WTF

    5 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  20. Twisted Smile

    I wonder who Petersen had in mind for Batman? This might not be news, but it's interesting looking at what could have been.

    5 years agoby @twistedsmileFlag

  21. T.Clark

    Batman was bad with Christian Bale? What planet do you live on?

    And why the f*ck is everybody flipping out about this? It has no effect on any current film situations. It's not like he's gonna play Superman now that he's Batman. Read the article.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  22. Bond316

    OMG plz batman was bad with Christan Bale dont mess up superman

    5 years agoby @bond316Flag

  23. Cineprog

    I think that Christan Bale would play a good Superman he's got the look of Clark kent.

    5 years agoby @cineprogFlag

  24. Illuminati

    Batman Vs Superman was fun in the comic. i don't think it would work well on film.

    As for the title, they are just having some fun. i'm sure BALE had a choice, and i'm so glad he picked bruce wayne. Getting offered BATMAN is like getting offered JAMES BOND...ONE TURNS THAT DOWN!

    Bale will just do the next sequel to TDK and call hang up the cape & cowl.

    5 years agoby @illuminatiFlag

  25. Narzion

    Batman vs. Superman -the stupidest idea in history
    ....i wonder who is stronger lol

    5 years agoby @narzionFlag

  26. Stiles

    I'm a Brit and think a role as quintessentially American should go to an American actor.

    Bale as Superman would have been like a yank playing Bond. Wrong.

    5 years agoby @stilesFlag

  27. Brainiac

    y is this news now?

    5 years agoby @thebdFlag

  28. Shogun BlizZzard

    Batman wouldn't be as iconic as it was without Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman, like I said 2 years ago he is the best batman and Bruce Wayne, on a side note he is the best John Conner, I don't see what was wrong with that movie other then the lack of dialogue, but back to what I was saying him as superman would have hurt him not helped, superman sucks anyways, as dose his villains


    5 years agoby @omegablizzzardFlag

  29. tyler13d

    Could be it Doesn't matter much that the Bats v/s Supes flick as such ,never got made, at least from Petersen's POV...Read somewhere (Empire?) that he'd somehow accomplished what he wanted through Troy by pitting the very human Eric Bana against the almighty Achilles...kinda greek mythos Batman versus Superman when you think about it. KINDA.

    5 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  30. Fry_3000

    i reckon they should give him all the roles for justice league and be done with it, batman, superman and def, wonder woman. he can do a michael j fox in back to the future 2.

    5 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

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