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Christian Bale Doesn’t Feel Like He Did Batman Right in The Dark Knight Trilogy


When Christian Bale came face-to-face with Heath Ledger’s Joker, he said to himself, “He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing.” Or, at least, that’s what Bale said in a recent interview at Yahoo! Movies: “Heath turned up, and just kind of completely ruined all my plans.”

What were those plans, exactly? Bale wanted to reveal Batman’s own insecurities by way of the mask he wore:

I just feel like a bloody idiot if I don’t use [the Bat-suit] as a means of [how] it’s his true monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.

Sounds like a good read on the Bat! But Christian Bale still doesn’t feel like he did right by the character, in the end.

I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would through the trilogy. Chris [Nolan] did, but my own sense of self is like, “I didn’t quite nail it.”

Bale has no intention of giving the role another shot, though: “Enough’s enough, we did our thing and I’ve got nothing else to offer it.”

Still, though, it’s interesting to hear that Bale wasn’t impressed with his own work, since many of his peers were and still are. When asked about Batman v Superman, Bale’s co-star Morgan Freeman cited The Dark Knight trilogy as his ideal take on a gritty version of Batman, telling ET, “The Dark Knight was almost ‘it.’ Pretty much ‘it.’ Did you see Batman Begins? I don’t think you can beat that.”

Christian Bale, however, still thinks there’s a lot more that can be done with the character, and was much more encouraging about Ben Affleck’s upcoming performance: “Everyone brings their own element to that — Ben [Affleck] will do that as well.”

(via CBR)

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