Take this with a grain of salt as the sources reporting these figures are London Sun and National Enquirer, respectively, but Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are apparently being offered massive amounts of money to stick with their superhero roles.
Bale has reportedly been offered $50 million to reprise Batman for the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, which will pit Batman vs. Superman.
It would make sense that Warner Brothers would give about anything to get Bale back in the batsuit. Man Of Steel was a hit, but it did fail to break the $300 million mark at the box office. While it had a huge opening, it didn’t hold up well in the subsequent weeks, which means people didn’t love the Superman reboot. If WB is going to invest in a sequel, they want to stack the deck in their favour as much as possible to ensure that the film is going to deliver at the box office, and having Bale back as Batman would definitely help. The Oscar winner starred in the insanely successful Dark Knight trilogy with the last one grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Bale has said that The Dark Knight Rises would be his last appearance as the Caped Crusader, as him and Christopher Nolan had completed the story they wanted to sell…but how does one turn down that much money? If Bale is worried about typecasting, I don’t think anyone is ever going to see him as only Bruce Wayne. He’s already amassed a huge filmography of diverse characters, and an Oscar to boot. With only Ridley Scott’s Exodus on his schedule to shoot this year, Bale could definitely be available for the Batman vs. Superman shoot….
A report came out that Hugh Jackman has been reportedly offered $100 million to sign up for another 4 films starring as Wolverine! Hugh has denied the report, telling Entertainment Weekly, that he would never sign up for a multi-picture deal. Each time he has played Wolverine there has been “a really good reason to do it”. Either way, I’m sure the studio will pay him a lot of money to put those claws back on.
Jackman has played Wolverine six (yes, six) times, and audiences still love him in the role. While it’s not pulling in amazing numbers, the latest entry, The Wolverine, has already pulled in $307 million worldwide (with more to go). Jackman has already shot his role in next year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past (which will be his seventh appearance), but do we really need another 4 Wolverine movies?
Hugh has been very open about how hard he works to get into Wolverine shape, and he’s not getting any younger. There’s a huge amount of prep work to get his body ready to play the superhero and, at a certain point, the 44-year-old got to get tired of it. Well, $100 million could surely help give him a little motivation.
Jackman shouldn’t be worried about getting typecast either. He just earned his first Oscar nomination this year for Les Miserables, a musical (of all things). Hugh has proven what a range he has: he can go from toe-tapping and belting out a tune on a Broadway stage to growling at his prey with his claws out in a intense action sequence up on the big screen.
Since the actor has said he would stick with the role if there was a “compelling reason”, how about an Avengers cross-over movie? It’s possible since it’s all under the Marvel umbrella. Can you imagine Wolverine going up against The Hulk? Or flying around with Spider-Man? I’d pay to see that. So I guess that would contribute to Hugh’s $100 million payday.
What do you think? Do you want to see Batman and Wolverine played by Bale and Jackman again or are you willing to see some new blood?