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Christian Bale Won't Be in 'Justice League'

'Dark Knight' star says he'll pass torch to the next Batman

July 2, 2013 3:35 PM ET
Christian Bale
Christian Bale
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Christian Bale will not reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in DC Comics' upcoming Justice League movie. The film's screenwriter, David S. Goyer, confirms that this incarnation of Batman will be a rebooted character.

Bale already hinted that he wouldn't return as Batman unless Christopher Nolan opted to do a fourth installment of his Dark Knight series – though the director's already decided against that.

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"Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time," Bale told Entertainment Weekly. "And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying ‘We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."

Bale went on to say that he hasn't spoken with anyone about the Justice League movie, though he wasn't upset to see the role of Batman go to a new actor: "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."

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