Christian Bale on His Co-Stars in The Dark Knight Rises and Hanging Up Batman's Cape and Cowl For the Last Time
11.28.11 by BJSprecher
Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale (The Fighter) hasn't spoken to the press about the Batman movies that have made him an international superstar since well before he donned the driven crimefighter's cape and cowl for the third time when director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight began shooting in early May. Now that principal photography has wrapped on The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR), Bale has broken his silence, revealing what he thinks of his co-stars in the movie with Filipino website Inquirer.net and announcing "the end" of his "Batman era."
Bale on Anne Hathaway, who plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman, a character whose relationship to Batman in TDKR is still a mystery:
I had plenty of scenes with Anne. 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. 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.
Bale on Tom Hardy, who plays Batman's primary nemesis, Bane:
[Tom is] a phenomenal actor. I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in movies before. 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.
Bale on Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a young cop tasked with bringing Batman to justice:
Joseph is a very intriguing guy. I would see Joseph’s performances in other films while we were filming. He’s somebody who truly seems to love acting. He’s a good, smart guy. He did a very good job in the movie.
Bale confirmed that his time playing Bruce Wayne and Batman "was enjoyable," but that it has finally come to an end.
I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped...so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris — that will be the end of that Batman era.
As definitive as that sounds — and sad, for fans of Bale's portrayal of Batman — there's always hope that Bale could return as Batman one day. Back in January, Bale said that he would "go do" a fourth Batman movie if Nolan decided that he wanted to direct another one. Maybe someone should slip Nolan a copy of 300 and Sin City creator Frank Miller's seminal Batman graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns. Not only would it be fantastic to see Bale playing an over-the-hill Batman, but the title of Miller's graphic novel seems tailor-made for the title of Nolan's own return to the franchise (and probably inspired the title of The Dark Knight Rises anyway).