After bringing Batman to life in Christopher Nolan’s ultra-successful Dark Knight trilogy, Zack Snyder considered keeping Christian Bale around for the new DC reboot. Just not in the role you might have expected.
In an interview with Film Ink, Snyder talked about the potential cross-pollination of stars from previous DC films, and revealed he thought about casting Bale in a different role to make it abundantly clear that he is not Batman in this universe and it is completely disconnected from Nolan’s world. The idea came about, apparently, because even the studio was wondering which actors he might bring back from The Dark Knight films — apparently not clear on the fact that they were different universes.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies. It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale if we wanted to, because he doesn’t exist in our world. Maybe we could hire him to play another part. 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.
Even people at the studio would say, ‘Who are you getting from the other movies?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, come on guys, let’s all understand, it’s a different world.’ In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing. That that’s why we did a reboot on the universe, so we could allow these characters to exist together. We needed to do that to have Batman exist in this world.”
Though it would have made for some meta fun to have Bale pop up in Batman v Superman, it makes sense why Snyder shied away from recycling any actors from those films. Sure, it might echo the dark tone Nolan nailed so well in his films, but these are very different worlds. Though, you have to admit, Bale would’ve made a totally awesome Alfred for Batfleck, right?
(Via Film Ink)