Christian Bale

Seeing as how it’s been more than a few days since we last posted a breathless piece of conjecture concerning the casting of the new “older and grizzled” Batman/ Bruce Wayne that would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel, Superman Vs. Batman, to fight said Steel-man, we thought we’d drop in with yet another: rumor now has it that Christian Bale, star of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, has been offered $60 million to return as Batman in the Man of Steel/ Justice League franchise.

Now, some grains of salt: first off, this news comes from The Sun (via /Film)—not exactly a paragon of modern objective journalism; further, Bale has said he would not return as the Caped Crusader unless Nolan himself was to direct.

That said, while excessive, the payday does make sense: both Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp have made just as much, if not more, anchoring their respective Iron Man/ Pirates franchises; also, while Man of Steel has done well financially, it wasn’t a runaway hit, either.  Marrying it to one of the most successful live action modern movie franchises this side of Jack Sparrow probably wouldn’t hurt Superman Vs. Batman’s chances at the box office.

Ultimately, though (and if this news is true, and Warner Bros. is indeed willing to back a few dumptrucks full of money to Bale’s bank account), while Batman may need Bale, does Bale need Batman any longer?

Is Bale the Batman we deserve, but not the one we need right now?