'The Dark Knight Rises' Marks the End of Christian Bale's Batman Era

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'The Dark Knight Rises' Marks the End of Christian Bale's Batman Era
 

 

In a new interview, the actor recalls hanging up his cape for "the last time," calling it the end of "that Batman era."

Christian Bale has hung up his iconic Batman cape for good.

The actor has played Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego in all three films in Christopher Nolan's trilogy -- the last of which, The Dark Knight Rises, recently wrapped shooting for a July 20 release.

"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off," Bale said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "I believe 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."

The Academy Award winning actor has played Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego since 2005's Batman Begins, which has earned more than $372 million worldwide. With its 2008 sequel, The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. pulled in more than $1 billion at the box office.

The Dark Knight rises features a few familiar faces -- Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman -- as well as newcomers Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Bale sang the praises of each of his co-stars, but credits Hathaway with tackling the film's toughest job.

"When Chris watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job. In many ways, she has the hardest job," he said. "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."

The Dark Knight Rises is slated for a July 20, 2012 release and is being made with a budget of $250 million -- the highest of all three films.


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 11-27-2011, 11:36 PM         #2
DrX 
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ehhhh he wasnt all that as batman...nolan and ledger did the heavy lifting
 6 years ago '04        #3
KREW 25 heat pts25
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He'll be back for The Dark Knight Returns.. I hope so
 6 years ago '08        #4
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 DrX said:
ehhhh he wasnt all that as batman...nolan and ledger did the heavy lifting
Michael Cain and Freeman sure didn't hurt either.
 6 years ago '06        #5
Manny05 1 heat pts
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he did pretty good. I'm hoping the third film finishes with a bang
 6 years ago '09        #6
thegoldenhero 3 heat pts
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he was the best batman tho he did a fine job portraying a darker batman than the previous ones...nolan gets most credit tho for the batman series he has done a really great job
 6 years ago '04        #7
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michael Keaton is the best Batman...but this new rendition is good for the times... :)
 6 years ago '05        #8
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Bale is that dude. Great job with Batman. He got upstaged in The Dark Knight though.

Wasnt his fault, it seems Nolan and Goyer concentrated alot more on the villains and how Batman responds. Begins definitely showed more of Batman on the offensive, and that's where Bale shined the most to me.
 6 years ago '04        #9
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 thegoldenhero said:
he was the best batman tho he did a fine job portraying a darker batman than the previous ones...nolan gets most credit tho for the batman series he has done a really great job


Keaton by far did a better "darker" batman, he added more a mystique with the reserved, brooding, emotionally cold performance. I even liked him better as Bruce Wayne because he came off as more troubled and traumatized by his past. That along with Burton's dark and gothic approach just made a perfect match.
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 psylence2k said:
Keaton by far did a better "darker" batman, he added more a mystique with the reserved, brooding, emotionally cold performance. I even liked him better as Bruce Wayne because he came off as more troubled and traumatized by his past. That along with Burton's dark and gothic approach just made a perfect match.
Yeah but the "billionaire playboy" part was null and void for the original and "returns".

He was mysterious even as Bruce. Keaton was the sh*t, dont get it twisted, but he was good for setting the bar for the "darkside" of Batman/Bruce. Vicki Vale could've pretty much guessed Batman's identity after doing research and chilling with Burton's Bruce.

Bale in Begins embodied everything Keaton did, plus elements that were omitted i.e the physicality, the playboy, the dynamic between Batman and Gordon.
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 Bobby's World said:
Yeah but the "billionaire playboy" part was null and void for the original and "returns".

He was mysterious even as Bruce. Keaton was the sh*t, dont get it twisted, but he was good for setting the bar for the "darkside" of Batman/Bruce. Vicki Vale could've pretty much guessed Batman's identity after doing research and chilling with Burton's Bruce.

Bale in Begins embodied everything Keaton did, plus elements that were omitted i.e the physicality, the playboy, the dynamic between Batman and Gordon.

I dont think Bale "embodied" what Keaton did , especially with that stupid "monster" voice he tried to pull off while in the bat suit. As far as physicality , playboy, gordon dynamic goes, that wouldn't be any of Keaton's fault since he didn't direct, produce, or write the movie. He made batman alot more darker and seemingly troubled which made the character seem deeper IMO.
 6 years ago '05        #12
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He was at least better than George Clooney
 11-28-2011, 08:21 PM         #13
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George clooney's a.ss doesnt even count. Arnold had me weak a.ss a bi*ch as mr. freeze tho lmao
 6 years ago '09        #14
ShadyVsEminem 244 heat pts244
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Get Adam West back
 6 years ago '04        #15
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arkaham city comes with a copy of batman forever like n*ggas wanted to watch that piece of sh*te
 6 years ago '11        #16
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Cody from cracked just released a pretty funny article on this.

 6 years ago '09        #17
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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 ShadyVsEminem said:
Get Adam West back
but Kenton was the best IMO
 6 years ago '06        #18
JCSIII 72 heat pts72
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This sucks Bale is a great Batman/Wayne
 6 years ago '04        #19
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Bale was a cold bruce wayne, as far as batman goes.......keaton was better
 6 years ago '07        #20
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Keaton's Batman>>>>>>
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