Christian Bale Wasn’t Aware Of The MCU Before Getting The Role In ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Christian Bale is considered one of the best actors of his generation. Even though he’s widely known for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, it’s not a secret that Bale isn’t really a fan of the comic book adaptations. For those who don’t know, Bale said he felt stupid wearing a Batman suit during the filming of the trilogy, and after finishing The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, Bale said he doesn’t want to work on comic book adaptations anymore, seeing them as uninteresting from an acting perspective. However, in 2020, Bale was confirmed to star as Gorr, the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, which caused a huge wave of enthusiasm among Marvel fans.

Bale never talked about this role before, but now he finally broke the silence, and what’s interesting, the actor didn’t even know what the Marvel Cinematic Universe was before he signed on for the role. Bale also said that he never thought he’ll play another comic book role after The Dark Knight trilogy.

“Absolutely not, no. That [playing another comic book role] didn’t even enter into my head at all. […] I’d read that, and people would go, ‘Oh, look at this! He’s entered the MCU!’ And I’d go, ‘I’ve done what? I haven’t entered sh-t, thank you very much.’ I’m like, ‘The MCU?’ I had to ask what that was.” — Christian Bale for Total Film

Christian Bale is now the newest of the many actors who starred in both DC and Marvel movies. Natalie Portman, who returns as Jane Foster in Love and Thunder, starred in DC movie V For Vendetta in 2005, and Russell Crowe, who joined the movie as Zeus, played the role of Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013.

Chris Hemsworth returns as the titular God of Thunder in his fourth standalone adventure. Taika Waititi is also back as a writer, director, and actor who plays Thor’s friend Korg. Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper also star.

Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on July 8, 2022!

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