Christian Bale Confirms He Won't Growl Behind The Cowl As Batman in 'Justice League'

In a somewhat depressing yet inevitable development, Christian Bale confirmed to EW that he won’t be playing Batman in the probably fast-tracked Justice League movie. In the past, Bale has said he’d play Batman in Justice League if Chris Nolan did a fourth Dark Knight movie. Nolan wrapped up the story in three movies, and Dark Knight and Justice League screenwriter David Goyer said last month that they’ll need a new Batman.

Hearing it straight from Bale makes it feel more final, however. He told EW, “We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy.” Good luck getting Hollywood to set aside greed before something wears out its welcome. Grown Ups 2, in theaters now!

It seems the chance of Christian Bale being involved in any capacity in Justice League is nil.

“I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it.” But he says he’s not sad to pass Batman’s cowl into new hands: “It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.” [EW]

We already made our suggestions about who could ably wield the torch (although Grumpy Cat would just use it to set everything ablaze). If Warner thinks our picks are too unconventional, they could always go with someone more familiar….