Christian Bale Talks His Batman Regrets

For now at least, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy remains to many the pinnacle of the superhero genre’s modern era – “Batman Begins” is a gold standard for how to do a reboot right, while “The Dark Knight” is still one of the best studio blockbusters of the past decade.

Christian Bale’s take on the Batman character is generally held in high regard, but maybe not by the actor himself. Out doing press for Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” Bale looked back on his time and told Yahoo Movies he didn’t achieve what he set out to do with the role:

“I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy. Chris [Nolan] did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.’…Heath turned up, and just kind of completely ruined all my plans. Because I went, ‘He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing.'”

In a separate interview with ET Online, Bale was asked his thoughts on this month’s ‘Dawn of Justice’ to which he diplomatically replied:

“Everyone brings their own element to that – Ben [Affleck] will do that as well. I think the trailers are looking great and I’m looking forward to that. But right on for Morgan [Freeman] for saying no one will ever beat ‘Batman Begins’. I very much like him.”

Bale is referring to a quote from actor Morgan Freeman who told the site: “You know, I’m happy for Ben [Affleck], but I don’t know how that’s gonna work. Because ‘The Dark Knight’ was almost ‘it.’ Pretty much ‘it’. Did you see ‘Batman Begins’? I don’t think you can beat that.”

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will hit cinemas on March 25th.