LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Batman actor Christian Bale was considered for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder told Film Ink he briefly considered casting the 42-year-old actor in a new role to highlight the "opposite reality" from previous films. Bale played the superhero in Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman movies.
"This is a total and opposite reality from the Chris Nolan movies," Snyder said. "It's another universe, so we couldn't hire Christian Bale 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," he explained. "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?'"
Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was released between 2005 and 2012 and earned $2.46 billion at the box office. Despite the films' success, Bale recently told Yahoo! Movies he was disappointed with his performance as Batman.
"I didn't quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy," he admitted. "Heath [Ledger] turned up [as the Joker] and just kind of completely ruined all my plans. Because I went, 'He's so much more interesting than me and what I'm doing.'"
Ben Affleck will take over as Batman in Batman v Superman, with Henry Cavill as Superman. The movie opens in theaters March 25 and co-stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg and Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
"In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing," Snyder told Film Ink. "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."