For the space of nearly a decade, Christian Bale was the one and only Batman on the big screen and fans were happy with his work aside from making obvious jokes about his Batman voice. It has been five years since his last outing in the suit, Bale having hung up his cape and cowl with Ben Affleck taking over the role in the past two years.
Bale was recently doing press for his new film “Hostiles” and offered a rare reflection on his and Chris Nolan’s work on “The Dark Knight” trilogy. Speaking with Variety’s Playback podcast, he says he’s still coming to terms with the way the films opened doors for him:
“[I have] mixed emotions about it. I’m always eternally grateful to Chris. For instance, Rescue Dawn, Werner (Herzog) and I had been trying to put that together for a few years. American Psycho, Mary Harron and I had been trying to put that together for a few years. No one was interested. Why? Because of me. Chris cast me in Batman and suddenly everyone said, ‘Yeah, alright. We’ll go with him.’ It did change everything. It was the first time I had done a film of that magnitude. That was a real learning curve for me. I wrestled with it for a long time. I still do on occasions. But I’m just learning, hey, accept the good things.”
He also says his commitment to method acting may have backfired on him while filming the movies, isolating him and making him a not too happy camper:
“At my suggestion I said, ‘no one can ever see me without the cowl on. They cannot. You cannot bust, blow apart that mystery. So we must not.’ So, I’ve got to be in a tent the whole time and seven months later I’m like, ‘oh my god, this was my idea, wasn’t it? I’m still in it.'”
Bale has recently stacked on a bunch of weight and has shaved his eyebrows and head to play Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming movie “Backseat” which opens later this year.