Christian Bale says he was never approached for Batman v Superman

Christian Bale has been discussing rumours that he was offered a vast sum to reappear in Batman v Superman, and claims that no such offer was ever on the table.

The actor was asked by Esquire whether there was any truth in the rumour he was in the running to play James Bond, before moving on to deal with the recent Batman stories…

“No, I’ve never heard of that,” says Bale of the Bond story. “Equally untrue about them coming to me for Batman, before Ben Affleck… I think it’s the right decision.”

“People were talking about this obscene amount of money they were saying was thrown at me. No. I didn’t have a single conversation with anybody about ever playing the role again.”

Pretty conclusive then, and if Bale has also remarked upon a certain degree of jealousy at seeing Affleck pick up his old mantle, it certainly doesn’t sound as though he passed up the opportunity himself.

Directed by Zack Snyder and co-starring Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons, Batman v Superman will open in the UK on 25 March 2016.