Director Zack Snyder has revealed he once thought about giving Christian Bale, who portrayed Batman in Christopher Nolan‘s iconic franchise about the hero, a role in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.
In an interview with Australian magazine Film Ink, the director/producer replied to a question about casting and the famous Batman universe Nolan had created:
“This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies. It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale if we wanted to, because he doesn’t exist in our world. Maybe we could hire him to play another part. We did talk about that briefly.
I just wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean. Even people at the studio would say, ‘Who are you getting from the other movies?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, come on guys, let’s all understand, it’s a different world.’
In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing. That that’s why we did a reboot on the universe, so we could allow these characters to exist together. We needed to do that to have Batman exist in this world.”
Snyder also addressed the rumour that the film script was changed when Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor in the upcoming film) was cast:
“I don’t know where you heard that. When we wrote the script with Lex in it, we invented this version of Lex. We never had an older version of Lex in our movie. We talked about it, sure. I met with Jesse for another part, and after he left, I was like, ‘Oh man, he was awesome…he could play Lex!’”
The film is also set to star British actor Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It is due to be released in cinemas March 25.