Worthington Not Replacing Batman’s Bale

A Herald Sun story published yesterday says that Australian thesp Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Somersault”) is set to replace his “Terminator Salvation” co-star Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming third Chris Nolan-directed “Batman” film.

The reasons being cited are that the well-publicised on-set spat between Bale and the Salvation D.O.P. that got a lot of airplay has damaged the British actor’s reputation so much that the studio wants to replace him.

This is despite the fact that Bale is under contract for at least one more Batman film, his long-standing relationship with Nolan, and the fact that a third film is a LONG way off from being scripted let alone cast.

If anything the spat has enhanced Bale’s reputation as someone almost too serious, dedicated and moody – playing a kid-friendly character it may be an issue, but in a darkly serious film series like this? C’mon, be serious.

Citing no inside sources or confirmation, chuck this rumor back in the bin where it came from.

Worthington, who legitimately was a contender for another high profile role a few years ago – James Bond – is about to get to work on the “Clash of the Titans” remake for Warner Bros. Pictures.