Bale’s Batman Terminated By Worthington? Yeah, Right

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

worthington replaces bale Bales Batman Terminated By Worthington? Yeah, RightRumors about casting on Batman 3 have been circling the internet since before the release of The Dark Knight – everything from Eddie Murphy as The Riddler to Cher as Catwoman have been mentioned so far.

The latest (and from my perspective, the dumbest) is that Christian Bale has been dumped as Batman / Bruce Wayne and his replacement will be none other than his Terminator Salvation co-star Sam Worthington.

According to Australia’s Herald Sun:

“Industry gossip now suggests the rising Australian star could score the part of Batman in the third instalment of the successful prequel franchise.”

“That could mean replacing Bale, his ‘Terminator‘ co-star and ‘The Dark Knight‘ lead, whose profile was damaged after his infamous ‘me, me, me’ meltdown on the ‘Terminator’ set, which recently hit the internet.”

Okay, now lets look at this rationally: Both the Terminator and Batman franchises are run by Warner Bros studios and I can’t imagine the studio ditching Bale from one franchise and keeping him in the other. Bale’s so called “melt down” would not be an issue for the studio, who have probably put up with worse behavior from stars who haven’t just given the studio their biggest hit – ever!

This sort of spin is just out there to sell papers and drum up publicity. It’s not doing Worthington’s profile any harm and I’m sure that Australians want him to succeed so billing him as a potential Batman is as good as it gets. I can only imagine that in 5 or 6 years he’ll also be mentioned as a potential James Bond candidate

Even though we’ve established that Batman is replaceable (with four actors in six films over 20 years) it’s only sensible for Warners to want some continuity in the franchise. After all, if it’s not broken – don’t fix it.

Also, I’d imagine that Bale and Worthington struck up some kind of friendship on the set of Terminator. That is of course unless they are “done professionally.” So I can’t imagine the Australian taking over Bale’s role if the studio decided to let him go. They do have to star in two further Terminator films if Terminator Salvation does well – so if they want to avoid irking Bale then this would be a bad move.

Now it could be that Christian Bale’s camp is negotiating his deal for Batman 3 at the moment and in Marvel style the studio could be playing hardball in order to lower his fee. Remember back before Spider-Man 2 Sony had Jake Gyllenhaal waiting in the wings to replace Toby Maguire when he became difficult negotiating?

I fully expect to see a Christian Bale starring Christopher Nolan directed Batman film in 2011 or 2012 at the latest and I don’t think that a minor bust up over lighting will stop that.

Sources: Herald Sun via Moviehole

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  1. I call BS. Bale will remain as I have read multiple times that Nolan loves him.

  2. Trying to help Worthington out, I guess. However, the Herald Sun forgot that Bale has a 3 deal contract with Nolan at the helm for Batman with WB. I agree with Atomic Popcorn. Rumors at it’s best. Eddie Murphy as Riddler, Cher as Catwoman, I wonder what’s next?

  3. How’s this for a rumor: Madonna as Wonder Woman. LOL!!!!

    (Just to be clear, I just TOTALLY made that up!)

  4. no bale no batman for me I am getting sick and tired of all the switching do you know if they are still going to have brandon routh as superman if they are I will avoid it to

  5. Bale is a bad ass and his rant only proves it.

  6. rumor!rumor! this article is interesting and clever. Every one of Batman team renegociate ,not only Christian Bale!

  7. Well, while it’s pretty obvious this is BS, I’ll have to say this: If the next Batman movie focused on Batman as much as TDK did, very few people would even notice if they replaced Christian Bale… Maybe if the batman voice is BETTER they might notice… (can’t get any worse I think)

  8. Now, if the rumor was Sam Worthington taking over as The Joker…

  9. There was a very quiet rumor before TDK that Harley Quinn will appear in TDK and was going to be played by Sarah Jayne Dunn, of course this wasn’t true, but if you look at her, it would be a very good choice… Although it turned out she was in the movie but not as Harley Quinn, but a very small role, so I think they can still cast her, I doubt anyone would remember seeing her in TDK…

  10. I’ve always thought the cartoon version of Harley Quinn was just cute as a button (a button that will try to stab you), so I was kind of excited to hear of the possibility of her appearing in the movie, lol, oh well, maybe next time we’ll get to see the cute blonde psychopath…