A common thing that we see happen in superhero and comic book films as well as TV, is whenever a creative team wants to honor what came before with special tributes or nods to actors who have perhaps played said character or have them play a different character in a film or TV show. We have the example of Christopher Reeve when he appeared on Smallville as Dr. Virgil Swann, a guide for Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he began to learn more about his destiny before becoming Superman. The Flash honored the 1990’s Flash series starring John Wesley Shipp by bringing him over to the CW incarnation as Henry Allen, father of this generation’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and even Supergirl brought in Dean Cain, who played Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) foster father.
While we don’t see that happen as often on the big screen, it appears that Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the overseeing eyes of the DC Extended Universe, was trying to bring in a former Batman actor into this cinematic universe. In an interview with Film Ink, Snyder revealed that he had actually tried to bring in Christian Bale, who played Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, for a different role.
“This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies. It’s another universe, so we couldn’t hire Christian Bale [as Batman] 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.”
It’s not out of the question that they could always cast Bale in a different role later in this version of the DC Universe, once they have gotten some of their new franchises started. Snyder did give a little tribute to the Nolan franchise in Man of Steel as the Wayne Enterprises logo that we saw on the satellite during the fight between Superman and General Zod, is the same one from the Nolan-verse.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out on March 25.
Source: Film Ink