However, Bale has now revealed that he very almost considered taking a major part in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone installment set prior to events of the original 1977 film which follows the adventures of a young Han Solo, as played by Alden Ehrenreich.
"Yes, [it was] very tempting".
Although he didn't take up a role in the Han Solo-focused prequel, Bale is keen to be part of the sci-fi saga going forward because he is a huge fan of the franchise as are his family, wife Sibi Blazic, daughter Emmaline and son Joseph.
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As it turns out, this isn't just a passing fancy on Bale's part, as he also revealed he is, in fact, a "huge fan", that he still has his Millennium Falcon and AT-AT toys he collected as a child. "Yeah, Star Wars really interests me". Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film focuses on how young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope". "She absolutely adored Darth Maul", the 43-year-old shared. "[She] stood near him at Disneyland and he growled and he's got those teeth and he stayed in character, really wonderful performance, and she was teeny and I thought, 'This is gonna scare the crap out of her, this is such a bad idea.' And then she stopped and she said, 'Daddy, I'm in love, '" noted Bale.
Haha. Now that does sound like the daughter of a badass superhero. "I have not [seen Ben Affleck's Batman]", Bale revealed. I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see.
As a DC Comics alum, he's taking the safe road by saying he's interested in seeing the new Batman, but not Marvel's Avengers films. "I hear they're good, but I'm quite happy just hearing they're very good".
But Bale's final quote above lays out his hope that he'll find a Star Wars movie to fit into one day, and considering how top notch the casts are for those films, it may not be long until we see him bring his brand of intensity to that cinematic universe.