While we were all eagerly anticipating the upcoming release of the highly-anticipated ‘Dark Knight’ movie, we couldn’t help but feel a little sad at the same time. After all, it’s been a while since we last saw Christian Bale as The Dark Knight. Now it seems that he might be on his way out, and this would truly be a major loss. But is this rumor really true? And if so, what will the future of Christian Bale’s Batman movie legacy look like? Let’s take a quick look.
A Disappointing Lack Of Leadership
For those who aren’t up-to-date on recent events, it is important to know that Christian Bale recently turned down a chance to appear in Sam Raimi’s ‘Army of Two’ movie. This isn’t the first time that Christian Bale turned down a role, as he also turned down the part of Dickie in ‘Ironman’. But why?
Well, according to insiders, it’s because Bale has serious concerns about the future of the ‘Batman’ franchise. Specifically, he’s worried that the upcoming ‘Dark Knight’ movie won’t live up to expectations, and that the upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie won’t do anything to help improve the brand. In fact, Bale is so disappointed with the direction that the ‘Batman’ franchise is taking, that he’s decided to bow out. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a step back.
The Decline Of The ‘Batman’ Franchise
If we compare Christian Bale’s recent performance as The Dark Knight to some of his previous work, it’s difficult not to notice the dramatic difference. While he still manages to capture the essence of Bruce Wayne, the younger version of the character, it seems that his body has finally given up on him. In ‘The Dark Knight’, Bale is actually sickly and underweight, which creates an altogether different dynamic. And in later films, the weight gain is even more noticeable. But this isn’t just a case of Bale’s weight; it’s something that he’s been unable to shake since taking on the role of Batman. And it’s a problem that continues to plague him even today.
As previously mentioned, Christian Bale has expressed his concerns about the direction that the ‘Batman’ franchise is taking. Specifically, he doesn’t think that ‘Batman v. Superman’ will do anything to help improve the franchise’s image. In fact, if anything, it will hurt the ‘Batman’ brand. And this is most likely the main reason why he’s turned down a number of high-profile roles, because he doesn’t want to appear in something that won’t live up to expectations. This is most apparent in the case of ‘Army of Two’, where he turns down a part that he thinks is beneath him. So if you’re a fan of Christian Bale, be sure to check out his upcoming films, as he’s bound to disappoint you.
Will The ‘Batman’ Brand Survive?
If you’re asking yourself the same question, you might be wondering whether or not the ‘Batman’ brand will still be around in 5 or 10 years. And if so, will Christians Bale still be playing the character? Well, despite what some might say, there are still some pretty big fans of Christian Bale’s Batman. For one, Matt Reeves (‘The Batman’), who even credits the success of his movie to the fact that “people still love Christian Bale’s Batman.” And then there’s also Mark Hamill, who voices the iconic Joker in the Batman ‘66 TV series. So even though Christian Bale has decided to bow out of the ‘Batman’ franchise, his legacy will live on through others. Which is probably the best scenario that anyone could ask for. And let’s face it, as long as there are still people out there who want to see Christian Bale play Batman, he’ll always have a home in Hollywood.
So, while we were all eagerly anticipating the release of ‘Dark Knight’, it might be a good idea to reflect on what happened, rather than get too attached to what is to come. After all, we still don’t know how Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen will react when he finds out that Bella is a vampire. And let’s not forget about Christian Bale’s Joker, who has the unique and disturbing ability to bring joy to the people he loves. No matter what, we’ll always have Gotham. (Although, in reality, Gotham City wouldn’t exist without Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.)