Christian Bale Was Possibly Set to Play ‘Superman’?

Director Wolfgang Petersen revealed Bale was up for a part in his ‘Batman vs. Superman’ project that was never filmed.
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Christian Bale Was Possibly Set to Play ‘Superman’?

Christian Bale was possibly set to play Superman? Actor Christian Bale has certainly made the most out of his two performances as Bruce Wayne/Batman but it was recently revealed that Bale could've played yet another DC superhero for Warner Bros. MTV Splash Page recently spoke with director Wolfgang Petersen who revealed that Christian Bale was one of his top choices to play Superman in the film that never was, Batman vs. Superman.

Petersen said that the role of Superman was down to just Bale and one other actor, Josh Hartnett, and Petersen said the film almost went forward.

"It was pretty close," said Petersen. "And then the studio got a single Superman script I think from J.J. Abrams at that time, and [Warner Bros. chief] Alan Horn was so torn - because it's such a fascinating concept to do a Batman versus Superman film. And I still think it would be to do that. But the studio decided to try separate version of Superman and Batman, and then maybe think about down the road if you want to bring them together in one film."

Both Petersen's film and the Abrams Superman project fell through and the studio ended up moving forward with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins in 2005, which lead to the mega-blockbuster 2008 sequel The Dark Knight as well as Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns.

It was said that one of the factors that shut down Petersen's film was that the studio had just greenlit his Green war epic, Troy.

The Dark Knight was released July 18th, 2008.

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  • shinjiikari1984 • 5 years ago

    whoelse was on the list, it would be interesting to hear him speak in his nice american acent, unless it'd different if they lt Superman be British.

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    • instead8909 • 5 years ago

      Bale is Batman, he can't be Superman. If he's in it then I refuse to watch it.

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      • movie-jedi815 • 5 years ago

        NOOO!!!!

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        • omegablizzzard • 5 years ago

          Oh I get you, you what I wished they maid him more creepier and scary scarecrow-ish, I know they can't have all of them in big roles but they can at least give a little more, but I see what Nolan is doing he making as realistic as possible

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          • tyler13d • 5 years ago

            Meaning he's real slim.

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            • omegablizzzard • 5 years ago

              you can just call blizZzard

              Oh I read it, and yes it nonsense, but I'm not sure what you mean about Cillian Murphy

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              • tyler13d • 5 years ago

                @ Omega,

                Agreed...only highlighting THEIR casting choice at the time. (Whoever "they" are)

                My personal for any probable Batman project would go to Cillian Murphy as they originally intended for Batman Begins. Lots of work needed first to change that pencilneck frame ...

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                • vanboy • 5 years ago

                  Omega, I'm refering to the news above us, not you. I didn't even read what you posted. Read the news above us again and you'll se that it just tells us, what almost was, not what's coming up. Got it?

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                  • omegablizzzard • 5 years ago

                    you talking to me, I'm just making conversation, I really don't care what its about

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                    • vanboy • 5 years ago

                      And the point to this information was.........

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                      • omegablizzzard • 5 years ago

                        Escapsist your right about Will Smith as Neo and that would mean Val Kilmore as Morpheus, both bad choice but Keanu Reeves wasn't the best choice either, he can't act and his fighting looks choreographed and slow but it to image someone else but thats not a good thing

                        Tyler13d Colin Farrell is a sh*t choice, they would ruin batman if they picked him for Bruce Wayne/ Batman

                        but I'm done talking about this superman vs batman will never happen and it nonsense

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                        • tyler13d • 5 years ago

                          Think they wanted Colin Farell for Bruce Wayne.

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                          • escapist • 5 years ago

                            Will Smith would've played Neo....we're all glad he didn't.

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                            • 2movieguys • 5 years ago

                              Christian Bale made the right choice W./Batman!

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                              • instead8909 • 5 years ago

                                It could go either way, I would prefer Josh to play Superman. Bale's just load, a perfect fit for Bruce Wayne. He can't have it two ways, Bale vs. Bale is just as gay as Toby vs Toby, the old Spiderman.

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                                • xxxrafaelxxx • 5 years ago

                                  Yeah, and Brandon Routh for Bruce Wayne, very nice!!!

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                                  • diaigma • 5 years ago

                                    HAHAHA! No thanks. Bale screaming at Lois is the last thing we need :P

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                                    • tinman • 5 years ago

                                      I think they mean Greek war epic.

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                                      • yahzee • 5 years ago

                                        Green war epic = Troy?? WTF

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                                        • twistedsmile • 5 years ago

                                          I wonder who Petersen had in mind for Batman? This might not be news, but it's interesting looking at what could have been.

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