Now that the sequel to Batman Begins has been officially titled The Dark Knight, it was only a matter of time before the media would try to get additional information directly off the cast and crew.
And who better to ask than Christian Bale?
The Dark Knight with Bale
The good people over at FilmFocus have recently caught up with Christian Bale and got the actor to discuss any developments on the next installment in the Batman franchise now under Christopher Nolan. If the actor is short on answers, why not at least ask him what he thinks of the new title.
"I just love that title," Bale told FilmFocus, "You know, nothing's written in stone yet, but I like, very much, that it doesn't have 'Batman' written in the title. This take on Batman of mine and Chris' is very different from any of the others and everything else always had Batman in the title. I think this is kind-of distancing it even further and saying, 'Hey, this is a whole different creature from what has come before.'"
Much as Ledger is a wildly different choice for the Joker; in Tim Burton's 1989 version the role went to The Smile himself, Jack Nicholson. "Absolutely," Bale told us, "Heath is very much into what Chris had done with the first one and he's very passionate about the role. And he's a really good actor so we're going to see something very special from him."
I have always said that Bale and Nolan have what it takes to completely reinvigorate the Batman franchise. It is also nice to hear Bale so confident in Heath Ledger.
For more on The Dark Knight with Bale, head on over to FilmFocus.
Production is set to begin on The Dark Knight in early 2007.