Christian Bale Says He’s Done As Batman
Christian Bale told the Philippine Enquirer in an interview that this is the last time he will play Batman. While promoting his new movie “The Flowers of War” he talked about his castmates, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises and his last run as billionaire Bruce Wayne by day and Batman by night. The Dark Knight Rises will apparently be the end of the Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale era for the Batman.
Just about everything in entertainment runs in threes. It wouldn’t be a surprise if a new director and lead actor took over the reigns at some point. I personally love Christian Bale as an actor. Batman isn’t my favorite role that he’s done, but I think he plays the perfect Bruce Wayne.
“I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he said. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”
He also had this to say about his castmates Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.
“I had plenty of scenes with Anne,” Christian began. “And I was there when we did the screen test for her. The thing that I said to Chris [Nolan] that day was that there were many very accomplished actresses who had read for the role. I’m terrible at auditions, so I’m very impressed when somebody really seems to acquire an ownership of a character without having worked on it or prepared for some amount of time.”
“I saw that in Anne,” he added. “When Chris watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job. In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us. In my case, I’ve stopped referencing outside sources. I now reference Chris’ own world of Batman as a guide to what I will continue doing.”
He raved about Tom Hardy as “a phenomenal actor. I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in moviesbefore. But, in my eyes, Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there’s great freedom for him to be able to do so.”
If Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale are really done with Batman, who should take over?