Christian Bale reveals what it'll take for him to be Batman again
Christian Bale plays Gorr the God Butcher in the upcoming 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
He was Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy
Bale discussed a conditional return to his Batman role
Christian Bale has made a change from the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), where he played Batman, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), where he appears as Gorr the God Butcher in 'Thor: Love and Thunder', the next Thor movie from Taika Waititi.
The 48-year-old, who recently said that he didn't know what MCU was, told Screenrant in an interview that he'd wear the Batsuit again. However, Bale conditioned his return on Christopher Nolan coming back to direct the movie. The actor worked with the British-American film director in the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, playing the Caped Crusader of Gotham in 'Batman Begins', 'The Dark Knight', and 'The Dark Knight Rises' from 2005 to 2012.
"In my mind, it would be something if Chris Nolan ever said to himself, ‘You know what, I’ve got another story to tell.’ And if he wished to tell that story with me, I’d be in", Bale said.
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The actor, however, noted that he and Nolan had already agreed on the trajectory of the trilogy beforehand. "We said, ‘Hey, look. Let’s make three films, if we’re lucky enough to get to do that. And then let’s walk away. Let’s not linger too long'", Bale continued.
Bale appears in the new Thor movie as the antagonist and will go up against Chris Hemsworth's Thor as well as Natalie Portman's character who wields newfound powers. Tessa Thompson is also part of the cast as Valkyrie, while Russell Crowe will be seen as Zeus.
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'Thor: Love and Thunder' is set after the events of 'Endgame' and is part of MCU's Phase IV. It sees Thor trying to get back in shape and decide what to do with his life. The Asgardian receives some help from Chris Pratt's Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy in finding his calling. 'Thor: Love and Thunder' hits theatres on July 8 in the US, and a day before in India.