Let’s Be Reasonable With That New Fan Theory About Christian Bale Being in Batman v Superman

Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 7:40PM
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Batman v Superman
Thursday, 22 October 2015 - 7:40PM
Let’s Be Reasonable With That New Fan Theory About Christian Bale Being in Batman v Superman
Recently, a new fan theory regarding the upcoming DC film, Batman v Superman, has emerged on the internet and has been causing quite the uproar among a number of different online communities. The theory is that Ben Affleck really isn't playing Batman, but rather Deathstroke (AKA Slade Wilson) wearing Batman's suit. Likewise, these theorists also state that Jeremy Irons isn't actually playing Alfred Pennyworth, but rather Wilson's butler, William Wintergreen. Finally, the idea is that Christian Bale will be taking over as Batman at the end of the film to set up the Justice League.

The theory sounds totally ludicrous, right? That's because it is, but sadly this hasn't stopped many from getting behind it. These individuals believe in the theory due to some pretty poorly thought out reasons, including:

  • The letter 'v' is in Batman v Superman, and 'v' is also the Roman Numeral for 5. Batman v Superman would be the fifth movie in the series when the Nolan trilogy and Man of Steel are included.
  • Deathstroke says "I will make you bleed" in the hit video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Batman says in the teaser trailer "Do you bleed? You will."
  • Some random graffiti on the pillars from the teaser trailer have the letters 'S' and 'A' which the theorists for some reason believe are references to 'Slade' and 'Adeline,' Deathstroke's ex-wife.
  • And a lot of other equally bad ideas too.

Of course, the theory is rather easy to debunk. First of all, the trailer for the film clearly shows a flashback to when the Wayne's were killed. What purpose would this scene serve if Affleck is really playing Slade Wilson? Likewise, weren't there already flashbacks of this same scene in the Nolan trilogy? If it all takes place in the same universe, there would be no real reason to reshoot them, unless their sole purpose is to throw everyone off as to what's really going to take place in the film itself. 

Just as well, it was recently reported that Batman v Superman could possibly be the most expensive movie ever made. If this proves true, it seems a bit counterintuitive to completely disrespect the source material to such a large degree. Doing so could really kill the enthusiasm of the fan base! Making this movie is a risk for DC in the first place (after all, the entire future of the DCEU is dependent on how well this film does); why would they take an even greater risk by making a movie with Batman's name in the title be about Deathstroke?

And with that being said, it seems like the entire world fell in love with Nolan's trilogy. Christian Bale has come to be seen as the definitive version of Batman by many. Undoubtedly, his appearance would generate even more hype for the movie than there already is. It would be a terrible marketing decision to leave out the little detail that this generation's favorite incarnation of Batman will be featured in the upcoming film.

Finally, if this is theory were true, it would mean that DC and WB are nothing but trolls. Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, and every writer, actor, producer, and crew member that's worked on the movie has stated numerous times that this is a completely different universe and that this version of Bruce Wayne is totally different than Christian Bale's in the Dark Knight trilogy. It's also been consistently reported that Affleck will be in the Justice League films, and he's even rumored to have his own solo Batman trilogy in the works. The film might be premiering on March 25th, but it's doubtful that's because the filmmakers want to jump out and say 'April Fools!' a week later.

Of course there's a million other facts out there that could disprove this fan theory as well, but this should suffice. No, Christian Bale won't be in Batman v Superman. The Nolan trilogy was great, but it's finished, and some fans clearly need to get over that. From all indications, it seems like Affleck will absolutely blow people's minds as Batman. Either embrace it or don't, but don't get your hopes up that Christian Bale is really still the Dark Knight. He's not.

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