Christian Bale Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

     November 23, 2011


Christian Bale is currently making the press rounds for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War.  In the film, Bale plays a Jesuit priest who takes refugees into his cathedral as the invading Japanese Imperial Army takes over Nanking in 1937.  It’s a powerful true story so of course everyone wants to talk about him playing Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.  Bale says the upcoming film will explore Bruce Wayne’s motivations, explaining:

“How long will you let the pain and loss define your life? Walking around chasing bad guys is very heroic and attracts attention, but at the end it all accounts for, as a means to deal with the pain of a huge loss.”

Hit the jump for more on what Bale had to say about the upcoming superhero movie.  The Flowers of War will have an Oscar-qualifying run at the end of the year and is China’s submission for Best Foreign Film.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.

the-dark-knight-rises-teaser-poster[Quotes via Ace Showbiz]

Bale went on to explain how the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will have Bruce Wayne finally exploring the pain he’s been running from:

“We agreed that Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne, and as Batman utterly sincere,” the Oscar-winning actor added. “But Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure facade, it’s a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of your soul that’s not really under control. In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It’s time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain that has always stirred his life.”

Since Bale will also be leaving the franchise with Nolan after TDKR, he commented on how it feels to leave Batman behind:

“It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. When you have the opportunity to be a character so many times, you develop another relationship with him, a more profound one.”

Profound relationship: a shared and deep-seated desire for throat lozenges.


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  • Realistic

    Keaton was the Connery.

    • Leo

      Bale is the Craig.

      • Chris

        perfect reply.

      • Mohi

        This is the most epic reply. Great going , my friend.

    • Dick Grayson

      Kilmer was the Brosnan.

      • Phil

        Clooney was the Lazenby

      • Mr.Rich316

        West was the Niven.

      • droopy

        so conroy was the moore

      • Philisamoron

        @ Phil
        Did you just go and google actors that played James Bond? Lazenby was one of the best, and OHMSS is considered to be one of the top ranking Bond films. He was offered a chance to do 7 Bonds in all.

  • Warpcrafter

    Adam West is coming around to whip all your asses.

  • G0dd4mnMattman

    Kevin Conroy is the H. Jon Benjamin.

    • Sam

      Batman has a Bat-Van

  • Nomis1700

    After reading the last line, of course this was written by Matt! Very bad.

  • Mr.Rich316

    Has the countdown to re-boot started yet?

    • Liam_H

      It was announced quite awhile ago actually.

  • Clay

    Matt, stop ruining your website with snarky, superfluous observations. Your writing has an unmistakable “failed film student” tone to it.

    • GAA!!!

      And you sound like the pretentious morons that think failing film school is a bad thing. There have been many great directors that failed film school or didn’t even go.

      And the throat lozenge joke wasn’t that bad, lighten up people.

    • Agent_Black

      Clay, stop ruining this website with snarky, negative putdowns. Your writing has an unmistakable “celebate” tone to it.

      Why so serious?

  • LEM

    Why do no interviewers ask him if he’s changing the voice after becoming such a joke after the last one. I mean they can create all these amazing gadgets but can’t come up with some cool voice changer or some BS.

    • LAME

      Batman was exhausted in that scene.

      • LEM


  • Garymcc

    Can Matt never just write an article without adding little “jokes” just tell us the facts and what we need to know and get on with it! Next he’ll be telling us there’s gnna be a Batman, Family Guy crossover where Adam West plays commissioner bodyfunk, the newest villian to threaten Gotham.

    • News Hit

      Don’t give him ideas.

  • mbyr

    Hey calm down everyone – I don’t mind Matt’s stabs at humour in his articles; Collider consistently provides comprehensive news in its entirety and often as soon as its released. When Matt attempts a bit of humour in the articles it’s usually as a final line separate to the actual news content.

    Take it for what it is – a bit of lighthearted chuckles (which I actually find refreshing and harmless). Why so many bat geeks feel the need to get on here and have a crack at the guy seems such a waste of time. Go outside and play in the sun!

    I, like most people I guess, like to read the comments to see other peoples reactions to the news. But it’s increasingly becoming a series of smackdowns against the editor for a couple unrelated lines after the news.

    If you want OHSOSERIOUS news on TDKR, go to or Otherwise, please leave it out

  • Mike91

    I kinda liked Matt’s last line. Bale went overboard with that voice in TDK.

    • Gregorro

      Bale’s Batman voice sounded bad in the cinema, but on Blu-ray it sounds perfectly fine, and you can hear everything he says clearly. If you haven’t seen the Blu-ray version of The Dark Knight, then shame on you. Also, when his voice gets really rough, is when he is knackered after fighting The Joker and then getting all the way over to Gordon to try and deal with Harvey Two-Face. How would you sound if you were exhausted and were trying to hide your voice? And there are no gadgets that can hide your voice while talking to a real person up close. Even with Bruce Wayne’s millions, it would be costly, and what if it got broke while fighting someone? Far better just to rough up your voice manually, which is what he did. Besides, I thought it gave his character a more violent and agressive edge. If Bale’s Batman was having a go at you, trust me, you would listen very carefully and do exactly as you were told, unless you wanted him to tear you a new a-hole. :)

  • PCazorla

    This is the second time I read the comments section in a Matt Goldberg’s article and see with surprise such criticism towards his writing. Actually, his style is my second most important reason to check Collider. Provides insight in a clever way. Reading good style should always be a plus, not the opposite.