The complex theory states, in part, that Affleck is not Bruce Wayne -- he's just the man who has taken on the mantle of Batman after Wayne retired from crime-fighting -- and that Bale will show up as the real Bruce Wayne, and possibly even take on the role of Batman once again.
It doesn't get more direct than that. Sorry folks, Affleck is absolutely our new Batman and Bale won't be rocking the Batsuit any time in the near future.
Bale's new film, The Big Short, is a far cry from the cape and cowl world of superhero movies. The film revolves around corporate greed and the recent financial crisis that rocked the nation after the bursting of the housing and credit bubbles. So, essentially it's a movie about Bruce Wayne if he never lost his parents or decided to fight crime dressed like a giant bat.