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Christian Bale is Batman
You've read it everywhere else already, now here's our version of the same Christian Bale roundtable where he vaguely addressed the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight. He had to do press for this summer's Rescue Dawn before he went full time into Gotham City, and that meant dodging fanboy questions about returning to Batman too.
Christian Bale Talks The Dark Knight
"You got to see with the other versions, you know, it wasn’t my cup of tea anyway," Bale said. "It didn’t really keep it going. But I’ve got Chris Nolan who I’m working with for the third time now and he ain’t going to be making a movie if he’s not gonna be doing something very different with it which he’s achieved in spades. You know obviously there’ll be progress. What we have now, we were confident before in what we wanted to do but other people didn’t know. It was untested. Now the people support us completely too. So we’ve got all of that extra wall of support behind us to just kind of let rip and take it further."
Bale is already back in Bat training but revealing any details would be giving away potential spoilers. "There are new things that I’m having to train for," he said.
When asked directly about seeing Batman's detective skills, Bale simply took a big swig of water. He did at least express his enthusiasm for his new costar. "Heath is a great choice for it. I like him personally. He’s got a real kind of craving for playing that role so I think he’s going to do something really very different with it. We worked together briefly in the Todd Haynes movie as well."
Tied up on The Dark Knight for the rest of the year, Bale isn't intimidated by the impending shoot. "They did it on the first one as well, you know, and I know the crowd. I know everybody now."