Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice represents a fresh start for the caped crusader after Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, which is why Christian Bale was replaced with Ben Affleck as Batman. Bale recently acknowledged his disappointment with his version of the character and admitted that he would have been willing to do another movie if the opportunity presented itself. While Bale did ultimately pass on playing Batman in Batman v Superman, he was almost offered the chance to make an appearance in the film.
According to director Zack Snyder, he originally discussed the idea of casting Bale in a small, non-Batman role, but ultimately decided against it.
“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.” (via FilmInk)
As cool as it would have been to see Christian Bale pop up to wish Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne luck, the film is probably better off thanks to Snyder’s restraint. A good idea on paper isn’t always great in practice … much like the many Batsuits that have been used in prior films. In addition to his comments about Bale, Snyder also revealed in his talk with FilmInk that he added a zipper to both Batman and Superman’s suits, which was a feature that Christian Bale actually advised Ben Affleck to request. Snyder explained why this addition and some other features make Batman v Superman‘s suit the best Batsuit yet.
“Ben’s Batman costume is the most traditional Batman costume that’s ever existed in the movie world, in the purest sense. I didn’t want a hard suit for his normal costume. In the past, they’ve always done variations of him looking like it’s armor of some kind. I’ve always been a fan of what I thought would be more like, I don’t want to say fabric… we said that it was some sort of Kevlar weave that his suit was made of. It’s more about the body. It seems like with every movie that I’ve ever made that they’re all very physical. It seems like I’ve destroyed a lot of men’s self-esteem. They have no chance no matter how much they go to the gym.”
We’ll get to see the new suit in action on March 25 when Batman v Superman hits theaters.