Christian Bale Circling Role in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

Chris­t­ian Bale is in nego­ti­a­tions to join Mar­vel Stu­dios’ “Thor: Love and Thun­der,” Vari­ety has con­firmed. Should the deal close, it would be Bale’s first big fran­chise movie since his final per­for­mance as Bruce Wayne/Batman in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Ris­es.” The fourth film in the “Thor” fran­chise — which is slat­ed to open Nov.