Will Sam Worthington Steal Bale's Batman?

There's a crazy rumor circulating that after Christian Bale's little Terminator set outburst, Warner Bros. is looking to replace Bale in the next Dark Knight picture, with his Terminator co-star Sam Worthington... Riiiiiiight.

According to "industry gossip" (which means: lots and lots of papers got excited about something they read, but can't remember where), Bale may be damaged goods after his on-tape melt down. This is the passage that everyone is quoting:

Industry gossip now suggests the rising Australian star could score the part of Batman in the third installment of the successful prequel franchise.

That could mean replacing Bale, his Terminator co-star and The Dark Knight lead, whose profile was damaged after his infamous "me, me, me" meltdown on the Terminator set, which recently hit the internet.

We scanned for the original source reporting and the closest we could get is News.com.au, who doesn't quote a source and doesn't have original reporting, so it sounds like they're just band-wagoning from somewhere else. So if you actually see where this lunacy was reported please point it out, but my guess it's pure rumor-mongering.

Forget the fact that Bale already has a contract with the WB for the next Batman, this rumor is absolutely absurd. I don't care if Bale was caught on camera lighting kittens on fire wrapped in an American flag, this man is still pretty untouchable. How's that? Because he made Warner Brothers a bazillion dollars playing Batman. Do you really think the WB would risk losing Dark Knight money over a silly tape that will be ancient history in a year or two?

You heard what it was like on set with the man - they let him do whatever the hell he wants, because he's Christian Bale. You think anyone would be originally this excited about Terminator Salvation, if Bale's name wasn't first attached to it? McG even admitted he rewrote the entire script just to get Bale to sign on. There is no way in hell they will take Batman away from Bale, it would be risking way too much. So just remember when you hear this out there today, it's most likely crap. In fact I'm willing to bet one robot tattoo, it's total bollocks.