Let’s add a pair of new rumors to the Batman reboot mix with mention – again – that Christian Bale was offered a heap of money to reprise as the Caped Crusader for the Justice League movie, in addition to a new name for the role with Scott Adkins.
Scott Adkins, known for The Expendables 2, Zero Dark Thirty and The Bourne Ultimatum, is said to have been approached to play Batman.
The Scott Adkins UK fan site ScottAdkinsfans states the actor may not only have been approached by Warner Bros, but also may have auditioned for the role of the new Batman.
Regarding Christian Bale, a new gossip-style e-book, Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma, has it the actor was offered $50 Million to reprise for the Justice League movie.
It could be possible that Bale was offered to return following The Dark Knight Rises. The book goes on to mention in its description how Bale is compared to Robert Downey Jr. and such, with typecasting and going on to have a career following Batman. Bale previously stated he is not returning, which seemed a definite answer, and Warner Bros. also announced a new Batman would be cast. Our own sources tell us they are going for a younger Batman to play a new character.
Here’s a description of the e-book in case you are interested from 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.