Photos: Marvel Studios (left); Warner Bros. Pictures (right)
BURBANK, CA–With the announcement of Christian Bale playing the villainous Gorr in Thor: Love and Thunder, we can now confirm the famous line from The Dark Knight that “you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Following Michael Keaton‘s performance as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Bale is now the second former Batman to become a Marvel villain.
“Making villains out of former Batmen is kind of our way of sticking it to DC,” commented Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer. “This way everyone knows that they’re the bad guys…and, like all Marvel villains, have zero character depth or complexity.”
In addition to Keaton’s and Bale’s roles, the following Batmen have also been cast as villains in future MCU projects:
George Clooney as Magneto in the MCU’s introduction of the X-Men. Well, I guess he is getting older and grayer, so…
Val Kilmer as Dr. Doom in the MCU’s Fantastic Four. The character choice is appropriate because the movie is doomed from the start.
Ben Affleck as evil Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the upcoming live-action Spider-Gwen movie. (Yes, evil Matt Murdock is a real thing! Look it up!)
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, a vampire who will die a horrible death in the Blade movie, to the rejoicing of droves of fans worldwide.
Will Arnett as a rival magician in Doctor Strange 2, who will repeatedly insist that his magic is just “illusions!”
These evil alternate versions of Batman are also expected to appear as comic-book antagonists in DC’s upcoming sequel to Dark Nights: Metal.
Which movie villain are you most excited for?