Before Ben Affleck was officially cast in the big screen team-up/throwdown with Superman for the follow up to Man of Steel, rumor had it that WB dropped a check of upwards of 60 million dollars at the feet of Christian Bale to convince him to reprise his role from the three enormously successful Christopher Nolan Batman films.
Seems like someone in the rumor mill got their wires crossed, as it was never WB’s intention to bring Bale back as Batman. Instead, in a gesture of passing the torch, speculation suggests that Bale was offered the $60 million payday for up to 6 appearances opposite Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill‘s Superman as none other than Lex Luthor.
“What about Bryan Cranston?”, you might wonder. Despite CosmicBookNews.com‘s report that Cranston had been signed on as the legendary Superman villain following the Affleck news, with an official announcement to coincide with the series finale of Breaking Bad (September 29th), the site has yet to reveal any solid sources for the scoop, which also mentions Matt Damon as Aquaman and Mark Strong reprising his role as Sinestro.
Considering WB’s long game for their DC movie universe, while Bryan Cranston is a solid choice for Luthor, he’s just a little long in the tooth to play opposite the veteran Batman (Affleck) and the upstart Superman (Cavill). Bale, on the other hand, just two years Affleck’s junior, would play a Luthor that is more of a generational peer to Bruce Wayne, while still having the steam to keep up with a young Clark Kent. Luthor would also let Bale play to his more sinister strengths as seen in American Psycho and his infamous Terminator: Salvation meltdown. Bale has also been sporting a very Heisenberg-ian shaved head and goatee these days for his performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, could a Schick to the face be far off?
Reps for WB and Christian Bale were unavailable for comment. The sequel to Man of Steel, featuring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne arrives in theaters July 17th, 2015.
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