He is not, however, interested in the Avengers.
Christian Bale played Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, but on the Happy Sad Confused podcast he confessed he's not big on superhero films in general. Unless you consider Star Wars to be a superhero franchise. Apparently the Oscar winner is a "huge" Star Wars fan, and so are his two kids.
Bale was reportedly eyed for the Han Solo mentor role that ultimately went to Woody Harrelson in "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Bale confirmed his "Solo" talks, leaving the door open for a future Star Wars role. (Maybe in Rian Johnson's new trilogy?) Here's what he said in his podcast chat (via Collider):
"Yes, [it was] very tempting [to join 'Solo']. I not only love the films going back to my childhood but also have a very long relationship with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall because they did 'Empire of the Sun' many years back. There was discussion. I hope there will be future discussions. [...]
Star Wars, I'm a huge fan. Yeah Star Wars really interests me. I've still got the Millennium Falcon, I've got the AT-AT [All Terrain Armored Transport]. My daughter, her first love was Darth Vader. She absolutely adored Darth Maul. [She] stood near him at Disneyland and he growled and he's got those teeth and he stayed in character, really wonderful performance, and she was teeny and I thought, 'This is gonna scare the crap out of her, this is such a bad idea.' And then she stopped and she said, 'Daddy, I'm in love.'"
Haha. Now that does sound like the daughter of a badass superhero.
For the record, Bale said he has not yet seen Ben Affleck as Batman, but he said, "Yes I'm interested" in seeing him in the new DC films.
"My son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see the trailer and that was it. I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see. I have to confess I'm not a huge superhero film fan. People seem surprised at that, I don't know why. I've not seen any of the Avengers films or any of those films at all. I hear they're very good, but I'm quite happy just hearing they're very good."
As a DC Comics alum, he's taking the safe road by saying he's interested in seeing the new Batman, but not Marvel's Avengers films. But it may be just a matter of time before one of his kids takes a shine to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then again, who do they have that can compete with Darth Vader or Darth Maul?
Christian Bale's new film "Hostiles" is currently in theaters.
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