Christian Bale won over many with his portrayal of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. But far before the actor was cast, he was actually sought after for Superman instead. And if things turned out differently, he would’ve been going against Batman instead of becoming him.

The early 2000’s could’ve seen a much different Batman vs. Superman movie

Christian Bale speaking on stage while wearing an all black suit.

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Batman battling Superman on the big screen was a concept that floated around before the Snyderverse. As some may know, the project was pretty close to happening around the early 2000s. Warner Bros. tapped Seven screenwriter Andrew Walker to develop the script. Meanwhile, Troy director Wolfgang Petersen was recruited to direct the potential blockbuster.