Christian Bale Looks Back On His Days As Batman

The article originally appeared on BOF on December 25, 2017

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From 2005 to 2012 and through three films – BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – Christian Bale was THE Batman.

Now five-plus years later, Bale reminisced about his turn in the cape and cowl while appearing on host (and a good personal friend of mine) Kris Tapley’s PLAYBACK PODCAST. Bale admits that while playing Batman opened a lot of previously closed doors for him professionally, the notoriety that came with playing Batman had some negative effects on his personal life…

“Mixed emotions about it. I’m always eternally grateful to Chris [Nolan]. For instance, RESCUE DAWN Werner [Herzog] and Ihad 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? Me. 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.”

Bale also admitted that his approach to acting isolated him on the sets of THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY

“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.’”

Man, I can’t believe it’s going on six years since THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! And even though we’ve had another cinematic Batman (and likely will be getting another new one shortly) in Ben Affleck since then, Christian Bale remains my favorite Batman on film. I missed those days when Batman movies were, you know, good.

For the full interview – which is really awesome – hit the link provided above. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), the Sun Records/1950s Elvis Presley, HARD rock-and-roll, cold beer, dive bars, Austin (Texas, not Minnesota), his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns. And BATMAN. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife, his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.