Christian Bale on His Batman Portrayal: ‘I Didn’t Quite Nail It’

Christian Bale on His Batman Performance:
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Christian Bale wasn’t quite satisfied with his performance as Batman in the “Dark Knight” trilogy.

While promoting his new film “Knight of Cups,” Bale talked to Yahoo about how he felt he didn’t hit the acting goals he set for himself as the Caped Crusader.

“I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would through the trilogy,” he said. “(Director Christopher Nolan) did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.’ “

What did Bale hope to accomplish that he felt he didn’t? He wanted to show the twisted nature of the hero. “Batman, he’s this very, very dark, messed-up character,” the actor said. “I found when I put on the suit I went, ‘I just feel like a bloody idiot if I don’t use this as a means to kind of (show) his true, monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.’ ”

Bale attributed the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker as a factor in his dissatisfaction with his own portrayal.

“Heath turned up and just kind of completely ruined all my plans,” Bale said. “I went, ‘He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing.'”

The Bat-mania that started with the “Dark Knight” trilogy hasn’t died down over the years. The latest film featuring Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is set to open to massive numbers on March 25.

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  1. Bill says:

    This is a very fine actor at times, as witnessed in his most recent performance in The Big Short. Glad he’s through with this kinda stuff.

  2. jonnyrp says:

    He was a good Batman no less. But sure the Joker often takes the first spot. I see the clown as the star and Batman the support character each and every time the Joker is introduced. And of course Ledger did such a fine job, making his character as evil, crazy and dangerous as this generation needed Joker to be. Michael Keaton portrayed both a good Bruce and Batman but Jack’s Joker? Hell he was the star of the film.

  3. Joe says:

    Was his Batman perfect? No. There were definitely some artistic decisions made that probably weren’t best for the character, such as the silly voice.

    But was his Batman good? Bloody yes. He did the role justice, and probably captured Bruce Wayne better than any live-action portrayer of the character before him. He also starred in what remain the best superhero movies ever made.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, Bale. You did good.

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