Christian Bale is no stranger to doing good deeds for children fighting illnesses. He’s often made an extra effort to brighten a child’s life. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood, who asked him about San Francisco’s five-year old Batkid, Miles Scott. He also had some Bat-Advice for Ben Afleck. (more…)
Because the soon-to-be former Time Lord and big chin having lady killer is going to need a sharp chopping tool for all the psychotic killer-y things that are sure to go down when he takes the stage for an upcoming musical that should be very familiar to fans of the 80s, slasher films, and Huey Lewis and the News.
Christian Bale portrayed one of the best Batman’s in cinematic history, albeit his voice sounding like Gollum w/ throat cancer. Speaking of which, did you know that in early tests he never sounded that way? A featurette excerpt from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition offers up a look at Christian Bale’s audition for Batman Begins. Not only does it show a subtle sounding bats (and by subtle, I mean it sounds normal compared to that frog eating firecrackers voice we’ve all made fun of) but he’s dressed in Val Kilmers Batsuit from Batman Forever and he’s acting opposite Man of Steel’s Amy Adams. For emoting purposes, Bale made the decision to up the theatrics.
Da hell? Amy Adams? Why you no cast her as Rachel? I also dig the Kilmer suit, looked rather rad. As far as the whole voice thing. Why didn’t he use THAT voice? WAY better then what he used in the movies! I guess I get it, though. There needs to be a distinction between Bruce Wayne and the man in the Batsuit; something deep/intimidating. What we got, though, was forced and ridiculous. Which got even more laughably bad in TDK and TDKR. Whatever, history is history. The Nolan Bat films are still phenomenal.
With people losing their minds these last few weeks over the announced Batman vs. Superman movie, the real question isn’t how the movie will do, but rather who is going to be Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is set to return, but former Batman Christian Bale has decided on a more permanent “eight year break” leaving the cowl open to a new dark knight. Let fly the Hollywood rumor mill!
Last week the L.A. Times posted a popularity contest of stars, each of who have the potential to be the next Batman. The list included actors like Jensen Ackles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It appears, though, a young squirt isn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC are looking for. Sources say the script, which is in way early development, will be inspired from Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. The Batman featured is older and more rugged. A battle hardened hero.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some top names that are being thrown around to play the tough old bats. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and Matthew Goode are the front-runners.
Alright, Brolin… now that’s a good pick! Regardless of who’s names are surfacing, we’re still in the early stages of development. The script is still being written. There’s no way the casting process has even remotely started. So, take all of this as hearsay. Theoretical casting stories to get your nerd gears moving.
Would do you think would be a good fit to replace Bale as the new Batman? Let’s hear what you think in the comment section below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The success of Warner Bros. Man of Steel was quickly followed by the company announcing that they were going to get on track to make not only a sequel to that film, but a full-on Justice League flick. And now that the news is official, an old question is being revived – will we see Christian Bale don the cape and cowl and jump onboard the JL cast? Well, once again Bale and company have reiterated that a return to the same Batman is not bloody likely.
In addition to comments made by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder, in which they have both said they’ll need to reboot Batman before moving on to Justice League, Bale himself has said no way. He doesn’t want to do it and hasn’t even been asked to do it. Or, in his own words:
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.
We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy. Chris always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We’re about to make the third.’ We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well.
So there you have it folks. No more Bale Batman and, thus, no Bale in Justice League. Things may change, of course, as the DC team film is still years away, but in the meantime just leave the poor guy alone already.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
Most people Ridley Scott’s age are slowing down, but if anything, things for Sir Ridley seem to be speeding up. Currently in post-production on the crime thriller The Counselor starring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, Scott now has a release date for his next film, and seems to be discussing some casting news for the one after that.
First up is Exodus, Scott’s take on the Biblical saga of Moses. Twentieth Century Fox has set December 12, 2014 as the day when Scott will part the red tape and deliver his long in the works Old Testament effort, which will put it directly in the path of the previously announced third Hobbit film There and Back Again, and Brad Bird’s next film Tomorrowland, which are opening on the same date. In the meantime, Scott will have to contend with casting. Christian Bale was once rumored to be taking up Moses’ cloak and staff, but it seems a burning bush may have talked him out of it. There is a script courtesy of Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Steve Zaillian, so perhaps starting production soon for a release a year and a half out isn’t quite as far fetched as it seems.
In other news, a site called Prometheus 2 Movie News (subtle) is saying that Scott has met “many times” with Rik Barnett (Rebels Without a Clue) about a role in Prometheus 2, the sequel to last year’s ambitious though disappointing pseudo-Alien prequel. The site says it’s a key role, possibly connected to Noomi Rapace’s Shaw, but all this is merely rumor. It could be a sign though that Fox is lining up Scott to make Prometheus 2 after Exodus, which would fit the standard three-year window between sequels for a 2015 release date for Prometheus 2.
We’ll have more news on both projects as it develops, but I think it’s safe to say we’re not going to see that Blade Runner 2 project anytime soon.
Hey remember that rumor that floated out about the ‘net a few weeks back about Christopher Nolan producing the Justice League movie and moving on to be the Tzar of DC Entertainments film properties? That Christian Bale might appear in a post-credits scene in Man of Steel? That Warner Bros. might actually have its cinematic universe on track? That was a fun dream, wasn’t it.
With the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly boasting a flood of Man of Steel coverage, some information about the future of DC Comics movies is starting to surface. Let’s start with crushing a few fanboy’s dreams. EW is reporting that WB President Jeff Robinov has confirmed (rather ambiguously) that both Bale and Nolan will have no involvement with the still happening Justice League movie and that the Dark Knight trilogy stands apart from the future of a shared DC movie universe. The ambiguity is noted by EW’s Anthony Breznican:
‘When Robinov said “They do. Or they did,” I at first took that to mean he was leaving the possibility open to retroactively link-up those three most recent Batman films with upcoming DC-based films. But as I listen to the conversation again, I suspect what he actually meant was that upcoming Batman films wouldn’t necessarily exist in their own closed-off world the way the previous ones did.’
So what does the future hold for DC Comic characters? It sounds like they have a lot planed, and it all starts with The Man Of Steel (sorta.) As Robinov put it:
‘I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world. [Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.’
So… they are other superheroes in Zack Snyder’s Superman universe? Can we expect some cameos or a post credit scene? Not really, according to the films scribe, David S. Goyer:
‘Chris [Nolan] dislikes it when you plan something, when you say, “I’m going to follow this up in the next film”. He’s always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later. That gives the film it’s own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan. So of course the comic book fans, it’s hard not to think about [crossovers] but I, having done three Batman films and worked in that way, it’s definitely the approach we took with Man of Steel.’
EW alludes to a few superhero Easter eggs in the movie, akin to the the Joker’s card making a brief and telling appearance in Batman Begins. So what does this all mean? What is the future of The Justice League and DC’s long rumored answer to what has happened over at the House of Ideas? Well, is sounds like we might know soon, Robinov left us to chew on this.
‘We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.’
Movies? PLURAL? Is it possible that we are on the verge of a huge announcement that will map out the next few years filled with DC Comics on the big screen? Has Warner Bros. finally figured out what the hell they are doing? Will Marvel zombies and Avengers fanatics flock to the internet to bash anything and everything about DC characters on the big screen? Did anyone even notice I used that awesome Wonder Woman costume from the Axel Braun porn parody in the header? Why am I asking so many damn questions?
Source: EW Inside Movies
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This week on THE BASTARDCAST, Jason and Jeremy return after a brief hiatus to talk about why George Lucas hates you, Community pander-puppets, why nobody seems to care about Robin’s death… including Batman, and a pantsless drunk chick and her pow-pow-power wheel aided attempt to escape the long arm of the law.
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The latest bombshell Justice League movie rumor to hit the internet from El Mayimbe of Latino Review concerns the possibility that Christian Bale might reprise his role as Batman for a team-up with Henry Cavill‘s Man of Steel.
The pieces of this puzzle begin and end with Christopher Nolan. El Mayimbe is reporting that Nolan has been given the reins of everything DC over at Warner Bros. and everything to do with DC comic characters now goes through him, making him the architect of the Warner Bros. DC Comics universe.
I can’t think of anyone more qualified to take over the herculean task that isn’t already tied up with a number of other franchises. Joss Whedon has Marvel, J.J. Abrams has Star Wars and Star Trek, who else has the talent and proven track record to match those two nerdy juggernauts? If you can name one put it in the comments section below because I couldn’t think of anyone that would be a serious second to Nolan. I’d love to see a World’s Finest and a decent Wonder Woman movie before a complete Justice League roster movie.
Check out the video below where El Mayimbe lays out his case to support his beliefs in this round of Justice League rumors.
El Mayimbe also included some thoughts not in the video:
Closing Thoughts that I didn’t include in video:
- If you honestly think that Warners, especially with what they’re up against, aren’t going to move Heaven and Earth to try to make what I mentioned above happen, then you’re insane. They almost have no other choice.
- David Goyer I couldn’t confirm his participation at press time, and it was holding up publishing the scoop. Hence, unconfirmed but my gut tells me most likely true. He is an important part of the equation and works quite well with this team. At the very least, he will most likely come up with a story. He has some other projects as a director he is trying to launch off the ground but like Michael Corleone once said, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in
- World’s Finest Again, unconfirmed. But certainly within the realm of possibility. Could we instead get just a team up between these two and then graduate to a Justice League movie? Anything is possible folks.
- Debunkers Our track record with DC is impeccable. We broke Routh/Superman, Ledger/The Joker, the opening of The Dark Knight, etc., just to name a few. Remember, when we first broke that Goyer & Nolan were involved with Man Of Steel and Thomas Tull made a call over here to debunk us? So, um, how did that end up turning out? False?
What do you think? Will we be getting some official announcements once the ink has dried on Nolan’s contract? The whole thing makes a lot of sense and I’m sure we’ll find out one way or another. I just hope they don’t rush through and screw up what could be an epic team up.