THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Star Christian Bale Discusses Batman & Heath Ledger

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Star Christian Bale Discusses Batman & Heath Ledger

In an interview with Style Magazine the actor discusses his interpretation of the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's universe.

First off, happy birthday to Christian Bale who is celebrating his 38th birthday today. The actor just recently had an interview with Style Magazine in which he gives a very deep and thoughtful view on the profession of acting, and on his own career. I've only included the portions that deal with Batman and his friend and fellow co-star in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, but I encourage you to click the link for the full read.

Batman is a superhero pare excellence...
For me he is an anarchist and a free spirit. He knows that there are parallels between him and his enemies because life is never stable - you always have to fight for it. Keeping in mind that it may never be boring and that nobody is obliging you to behave like a superhero and to always have your muscles flexed and bulging.

You were a close friend of Heath Ledger, the actor who died of an overdose in 2008, at the age of 28. What do you seek in male friendship?
An exchange, never rivalry, and I like people who have obsessions, passions, people who do not always want to be in the limelight. Heath really was a lovely person, he loved his daughter dearly and he spent his life seeking answers. He was nothing to do with the commotion that broke out after his death. Nobody ever really is a cartoon superhero, even although superheroes are all the rage today.

As a bonus I've also included a separate interview Kate Mara (We Are Marshall) had a couple weeks ago with ESPN while attending the ESPY's. The actress gives high praise to Christopher Nolan even though he chose Anne Hathaway instead of her to play Catwoman. She tells ESPN, "Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors and just to get the opportunity to test for such an iconic role as Catwoman was a honor. I couldn't talk about it for a while because the movie was so top-secret but I am excited to see how it all turns out."

Kate has also appeared in the television series, American Horror Story and is best known for being the sister of Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Do you think she would've made a better Catwoman than Anne Hathaway?

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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AaronX - 1/30/2012, 5:04 PM
Mara for Catwoman !!! ... too late ?
Cerebro - 1/30/2012, 5:04 PM
Mmmmm, half naked girl with shotgun, hot.
Howlett - 1/30/2012, 5:07 PM
Batman films by Christopher Nolan is the best CBM, story wise, X-Men: First Class a close second.
MrReese - 1/30/2012, 5:07 PM
Bring on The Bats!!!!!
AaronX - 1/30/2012, 5:15 PM
I didnt get what he says about a "cartoon superhero" ... somebody cares to explain ?
nowtheresaBATman - 1/30/2012, 5:15 PM
she can pump my shotgun anyday!
JDUKE25 - 1/30/2012, 5:19 PM
Hot ladies with guns. Yes please.
hatrick3 - 1/30/2012, 5:22 PM
Bale has provided the best on screen, live action Batman to date. No other movie has really paid attention to the character. Sorry Burton/Keaton fans but Bats DOES NOT kill. End game.

@Nailbiter-Are you a Texan? If you not, I grant you honorary citizanship.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 1/30/2012, 5:24 PM
Because what we all want to know is what Christian Bale looks for in a male friendship. What drivel.
MovieMann - 1/30/2012, 5:26 PM
Kate Mara is also Tom Hardy's girlfriend!
hatrick3 - 1/30/2012, 5:27 PM
^then Hardy is a lucky bastard.
MovieMann - 1/30/2012, 5:28 PM
correction fiance.
Dev - 1/30/2012, 5:31 PM
After seeing that screaming face bale caption pic for this article, I assumed this article was going to be about another one of those crazy antics by Bale.
Richardness - 1/30/2012, 5:37 PM
Atleast Kate is attractive
redleaf - 1/30/2012, 5:39 PM
@AaronX There were all sorts of rumours about Heath when he died like he was a druggie or that playing the Joker made him crazy. Bale is saying Heath wasn't like any that, but he wasn't perfect or one dimensional (a cartoon superhero) either.
LoudLon - 1/30/2012, 5:51 PM
@hatrick3 -- Actually, during his very first appearances Bats carried a gun and could be seen throwing baddies off of rooftops, among other things. Writers may have given him the "I don't kill" stance as the series progressed but when the comic first started, he was indeed a killer. ;)
Joe6Pack74 - 1/30/2012, 5:53 PM
Tomorrow if you are in Florida and have the qualifications, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.
RyanLantern77 - 1/30/2012, 5:59 PM
I just want Rooney Mara now
marvel72 - 1/30/2012, 6:08 PM
lets talk about heath ledger again.....

Ethic - 1/30/2012, 6:13 PM
Dunno who you're thinking of, but Tom Hardy's engaged to Charlotte Riley
thewonderer - 1/30/2012, 6:14 PM

At least Hathaway can act
blueballs - 1/30/2012, 6:17 PM
@grif Lmfao that has to be the funniest thing you have ever posted I loved the self loathing bit too funny!
Dmon - 1/30/2012, 7:07 PM
I really like Christian Bale I am surprised that no one on here did an article about his confrontation with the Chinese government.
Dmon - 1/30/2012, 7:25 PM
@nailbiter111 Oh I must have missed it.
redleaf - 1/30/2012, 7:47 PM
marvel72 complaining on a Dark Knight article

JoshAsAMarvelfan - 1/30/2012, 7:49 PM
This Kate Mara already has something that CN'S Catwoman lacks....a Body. Seriously, You'd think casting Catwoman would be the easiest part of the whole movie, a good actor, with a hot body. In all honestly i can't look at Hathaway and say "That's a cat woman right there."
So can somebody show me where Christopher Nolans "Genius" is? Because I've yet to find it.
ISleepNow - 1/30/2012, 7:57 PM
At least she has her head off to the side so when the barrel flies up after she shoots it won't hit her in the face
blvdnoise - 1/30/2012, 8:01 PM
Man I can't wait til' TDKR comes out. Anne's performance will be owed so many appologies..
blvdnoise - 1/30/2012, 8:07 PM
Hardy's too for that matter.. Thinking back to what people were saying about Heath before TDK's opening weekend just makes me smile now. Wait..
redleaf - 1/30/2012, 8:20 PM
@blvdnoise Agreed. Nolan makes good movies. Only very small portion don't like him for no good reason.

I liked the interview. It's cool how his mom worked as a circus clown. "If you don't take yourself seriously, but you take seriously what you do, you become strong" Completely agree.
tricklove187 - 1/30/2012, 8:37 PM
Reread that second question.

So basically the interviewer said to Bale..."You know your close friend, Heath Ledger? Well he was the actor that overdosed back in 2008. Ya. Your friend. He was 28. Oh, and he also played the Joker. Now do you remember who he was?"

thewonderer - 1/30/2012, 8:58 PM

Honestly I can't think of anything crazy where Nolan deviated from the source material. From my knowledge, Nolan has depicted Batman almost perfectly. The voice is so blown out of proportion. I'm pretty sure there is no where in the comics where it states he's SUPPOSED to sound calm. Either way, I'm not going to lie and say AT TIMES it does get a bit out of hand. But most of the time, especially in BB, Bale makes this voice in between a calm voice and the gruff which I personally think sounds better than even Conroy

Like in this BB, I love the way he talks:
JDUKE25 - 1/30/2012, 9:09 PM
@tricklove187 lmao....that's exactly what I was thinking.
thewonderer - 1/30/2012, 10:10 PM
Did ANY of you actually see Hathaway audition for the role? Like honestly, you all assume Nolan casted her out of his ass. The man knows what he wants in his characters.

Also this is another important thing. When everyone thinks Catwoman, they think sexual appeal. NO ONE takes the character seriously anymore. I loved Arkham City, but they just added to the problem by making Catwoman a complete slut. I think Nolan is going to play down the sex appeal AND TAKE HER SERIOUSLY. A woman with a goal doesn't always have to abuse the looks.
LP4 - 1/30/2012, 10:28 PM
@tricklove187- Hey I was thinking the same exact thing man. Interviewer is an idiot lol
EarOne - 1/30/2012, 11:19 PM
KATE Mara may have a better body, but she hasn't got what Anne Hathaway's already got...a BIG NAME. ever since the first Princess Diaries, Anne's been considered as one of the most well known young american actresses..GLOBALLY.

Kate...she's not even that well known in the States. and she got the type of look that suits better for a "character" actor, in that, she's not pretty PRETTY, not in the stand out amongst the crowd kind of beauty,'d be better for her career to go for supporting, but strong roles that will improve her craft, like what Judy Greer, or Anna Kendrick are doing.

even in Mark Wahlberg's The Shooter, i was like, "why couldn't they get a prettier girl for the main 'female' role?"
TheHierophant - 1/30/2012, 11:50 PM
@Grif: I think I'm in-love with you... LMFAO
NeoBaggins - 1/31/2012, 1:14 AM
You can't savor all the, little, emotions.

Bale=Batman/Bruce Wayne. The end.
australiancomicbookmoviefan - 1/31/2012, 3:07 AM
@thewonderer & @Scorpion8125

Right on guys. I don't get the hate against Hathaway, and I don't get why they can't see Nolan pulled one brilliant move once, and it will happen again.

The sexuality thing is the one thing that brings down all female heroes and villains, if they just make the batshit crazy bad-ass chicks who do bad and not use the sex to get their goals then it will make for much better superhero films in the future.

(sorry if this reads like rambling, I'm running a bit of a fever, but i think the gist of what i mean is there.)
DDD - 1/31/2012, 4:00 AM
It's not hate for HATHAWAY.
She just doesn't fit the role of SELINA KYLE
who is supermodel beautiful. ANNE is not
supermodel material, any way, shape or form.

It's bad casting just like midget TOM HARDY
playing a man who is a former wrestler and
anarchist bad guy who broke the BAT. He's
a tall man even before he pumps the venom.

It's ludicrous to have a really short white
guy playing a tall LATIN criminal from SOUTH
AMERICA. I don't care how big HARDY got.

This is destroying an iconic character from
one of the most famous beloved BATMAN tales
of all times.

IT REALLY MAKES ME ANGRY and should make any
REAL FAN of BATMAN angrier than a swarm of
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