Based upon reaction from both the critics and fans, Christian Bale is possibly the best live action Bruce Wayne we’ve had. Though actors such as Michael Keaton have also been praised for their portrayl of the Bat, the combination of Christopher Nolan’s directing and Bale’s acting skills really brought the character we know and love to life. Yet, some people don’t quite agree that Bale got Batman right, and one of these people is the actor himself.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Bale said that he doesn’t believe the performance he gave in the Dark Knight trilogy was quite as good as it could have been.
"Batman is very very very dark, messed up character," said Bale. "But I found when I put on the suit, I just feel like a bloody idiot if I don't use this as a means of it's kind of it's his true monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.”
He did express his admiration for Heath Ledger’s joker, however.
“I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would through the trilogy,” added Bale. “Chris [Nolan] did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.’”
The actor has said that he has no interest in returning to the role despite fans calling for it time and time again and stating that when he first found out that Ben Affleck had secured the role of the vigilante he did have a hard time with it.
“When I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour,” Bale told Empire Magazine (via. The Guardian). “But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman … I think I should have gotten over it by now.”
On whether he’d been in contact with Affleck to give him pointers he said:
“I haven’t spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did.”
In a separate interview with Access Hollywood, Bale elaborated on that advice and it may not be exactly what you’re expecting.
"The only thing I said to him was to make sure to [be able to] take a piss without having anyone help him, because it's a little bit humiliating. You have to have someone … help you out of the costume in order to be able to do that. So that was my main piece of advice for him.”
Regardless of his thoughts we can all agree that Bale did not disappoint in strongly delivering the iconic DC character on the big screen.
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