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Christian Bale doesn't believe that he quite nailed it as Batman

03.03.2016

When it comes to cinematic characters who've been around for decades, such as Superman, James Bond, or Batman, we've become used to the various actors who cycle through the roles, but that doesn't mean that we can't have our favourites. The last actor to inhabit the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman was a favourite of many and now that a new incarnation of the character is on the way, Christian Bale has been reminiscing about his time as the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. While talking to Yahoo Movies, Bale surprisingly revealed that he wasn't quite as fond of his performance as we were.

I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy, Chris did, but my own sense of self is like, "I didn’t quite nail it."

Christian Bale appeared as Bruce Wayne/Batman in BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, which were, so far, the most successful Batman movies of all-time, but I'm sure many artists can relate to Bale's attitude. While it's not clear as to exactly what Christian Bale was hoping to bring to the role that he wasn't able to, he did say that his plans were thrown off when Heath Ledger turned up as the Joker.

Heath turned up, and just kind of completely ruined all my plans, because I went, "he’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing."

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will hit theaters on March 25, 2016.

What, if any, aspects of Batman was Christian Bale not entirely successful with?

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8:15PM on 03/05/2016
He's being too hard on himself. He was perfect as as Bruce Wayne. His raspy & growly voice as Batman kept that performance from perfect (although it's a million times better than a robot voice that sounds like a voice changer from Toy R Us was used).
He's being too hard on himself. He was perfect as as Bruce Wayne. His raspy & growly voice as Batman kept that performance from perfect (although it's a million times better than a robot voice that sounds like a voice changer from Toy R Us was used).
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12:45PM on 03/05/2016
Probably gonna get a thumbs down but I disliked Bale, not George Clooney/Val Kilmer disliked, but disliked him. I think his Batman is good for fighting so long as he's mute and his Bruce Wayne, had Lucious as his brains and almost none of his own. I never once felt "Worlds greatest detective" in the 3 films. He just didn't seem like he had the brains he should have. Far from the worst, but imo not great either. It may also be biased because I dislike Bale to begin with.
Probably gonna get a thumbs down but I disliked Bale, not George Clooney/Val Kilmer disliked, but disliked him. I think his Batman is good for fighting so long as he's mute and his Bruce Wayne, had Lucious as his brains and almost none of his own. I never once felt "Worlds greatest detective" in the 3 films. He just didn't seem like he had the brains he should have. Far from the worst, but imo not great either. It may also be biased because I dislike Bale to begin with.
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6:17AM on 03/05/2016

Hard on himself

He did a great job of Bruce Wayne and Batman and to compare yourself to Heath is not fair as his character had a lot more flexibility than Bale's. He did what he had to do and could do. By far the best Batman but I never thought I would say it but Affleck is looking like he is gonna be great but no way can all these Batman actors be compared as the films were directed so differently and in most cases poorly to do so.
He did a great job of Bruce Wayne and Batman and to compare yourself to Heath is not fair as his character had a lot more flexibility than Bale's. He did what he had to do and could do. By far the best Batman but I never thought I would say it but Affleck is looking like he is gonna be great but no way can all these Batman actors be compared as the films were directed so differently and in most cases poorly to do so.
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8:00PM on 03/04/2016

By far my favorite Batman

Keaton is a great actor but characterization isn't one of Burton's strong suit and the technology wasn't there regarding the costume. As a result, Keaton's Bruce Wayne is a generic character and his Batman, while intense, is way too stiff in his movements to be believable.

On the hand, Bale had a better costume and a better director. For once, Bruce Wayne's motivations are clear and Bale has a presence intense enough to make us believe he would be crazy enough to go beat down criminals.
Keaton is a great actor but characterization isn't one of Burton's strong suit and the technology wasn't there regarding the costume. As a result, Keaton's Bruce Wayne is a generic character and his Batman, while intense, is way too stiff in his movements to be believable.

On the hand, Bale had a better costume and a better director. For once, Bruce Wayne's motivations are clear and Bale has a presence intense enough to make us believe he would be crazy enough to go beat down criminals. Batman Begins is probably the film where Batman has been the most interesting onscreen.
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12:30PM on 03/04/2016
Kidding me? Bale is the best Bruce Wayne/Batman adaptation yet. Bale is one of the most self-critical actors working, so it's no surprise he would say these things. From my point of view, he nailed it.
Kidding me? Bale is the best Bruce Wayne/Batman adaptation yet. Bale is one of the most self-critical actors working, so it's no surprise he would say these things. From my point of view, he nailed it.
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10:08AM on 03/04/2016
I still have a hard time liking his Batman growl, but his Bruce Wayne is perfection.
I still have a hard time liking his Batman growl, but his Bruce Wayne is perfection.
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10:06AM on 03/04/2016

Great Bruce Wayne

Not so great as Batman. If there's one big criticism I can make about Nolan's Batman trilogy as a whole it was the lack of consistency in Bale's portrayal of the character. In the first one, there seemed to be a genuine demonstration of his commitment of the character, then, as each sequel was completed, he cared less about his portrayal of Batman and more about his Bruce Wayne.
Not so great as Batman. If there's one big criticism I can make about Nolan's Batman trilogy as a whole it was the lack of consistency in Bale's portrayal of the character. In the first one, there seemed to be a genuine demonstration of his commitment of the character, then, as each sequel was completed, he cared less about his portrayal of Batman and more about his Bruce Wayne.
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8:06AM on 03/04/2016

Everyone is their own worst critic...

I think he did a great job as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. It can be tough when your vision of a character is not the same as the director's but I think they found a nice balance.
I think he did a great job as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. It can be tough when your vision of a character is not the same as the director's but I think they found a nice balance.
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8:03AM on 03/04/2016
Well I enjoyed you Mr. Bale but thank you for honesty.
Well I enjoyed you Mr. Bale but thank you for honesty.
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6:11AM on 03/04/2016
I agree with everything he says, he was a good bruce wayne but not so good as batman except in batman begins which is for many reasons the best of the trilogy imo.
I agree with everything he says, he was a good bruce wayne but not so good as batman except in batman begins which is for many reasons the best of the trilogy imo.
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11:48PM on 03/03/2016
At least he recognizes he wasn't too good. Adam West will always be the original, but Michael Keaton is the one who turned Batman from a blue G-rated character to a dark, serious one. Every actor after him so far has just fed off Keaton's version and added a small little twist.
At least he recognizes he wasn't too good. Adam West will always be the original, but Michael Keaton is the one who turned Batman from a blue G-rated character to a dark, serious one. Every actor after him so far has just fed off Keaton's version and added a small little twist.
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10:21PM on 03/03/2016

Hell no

He is the the main reason why Batman Begins is my favorite film of the three. Batman doesn't show up until 50 minutes into it and the story still kicks ass. He made Bruce Wayne an interesting character. Yes, the voice got ridiculous but he still did a hell of a job
He is the the main reason why Batman Begins is my favorite film of the three. Batman doesn't show up until 50 minutes into it and the story still kicks ass. He made Bruce Wayne an interesting character. Yes, the voice got ridiculous but he still did a hell of a job
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10:21PM on 03/03/2016
Watching the interview it sounded like he was going to be more like Frank Millers Batman, but it got thrown out because of Ledgers Joker.
Watching the interview it sounded like he was going to be more like Frank Millers Batman, but it got thrown out because of Ledgers Joker.
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8:43PM on 03/03/2016
I think he did a great job. He channels that darkness of Bruce Wayne very effectively. But Batman's Villains have always upstaged Batman, i.e. Jack Nicholson's Joker, Heath Ledger's Joker, Danny DeVito's Penguin, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze.
I think he did a great job. He channels that darkness of Bruce Wayne very effectively. But Batman's Villains have always upstaged Batman, i.e. Jack Nicholson's Joker, Heath Ledger's Joker, Danny DeVito's Penguin, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze.
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8:37PM on 03/03/2016
I'd say he was the best Batman thus far although Batfleck looks to outdo them all (really puts it into context when you remember how much everyone hated on him when it was announced).
I'd say he was the best Batman thus far although Batfleck looks to outdo them all (really puts it into context when you remember how much everyone hated on him when it was announced).
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7:59PM on 03/03/2016
Bale did a great job for what Nolan and him were trying to represent, accomplish, and symbolize with their trilogy. I do think the best film out of the trilogy is still Batman Begins since it just got so many aspects of the character right and it was just a refreshing take on the character that we haven't seen yet on the big screen. Also, I love a good origins film, and comic book origin films don't get much better than Batman Begins.

The only thing I wish we did see more out of Bale's
Bale did a great job for what Nolan and him were trying to represent, accomplish, and symbolize with their trilogy. I do think the best film out of the trilogy is still Batman Begins since it just got so many aspects of the character right and it was just a refreshing take on the character that we haven't seen yet on the big screen. Also, I love a good origins film, and comic book origin films don't get much better than Batman Begins.

The only thing I wish we did see more out of Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman was his detective skills. It's easily one of Batman's best character traits and weapons, and I was disappointed that wasn't utilized enough throughout all three films.

And to this day, Keaton still remains my favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman. Absolutely can't wait to see what Affleck has brought with his interpretation.
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7:14PM on 03/03/2016
I think he did a fantastic job in those movies. Although I would say he made a great Bruce Wayne in the Batman suit as oppose to being Batman, I hope that makes sense. The TDK trilogy was more about the man in the suit as oppose to the figure it created. To me Michael Keaton actually was better still as Batman but overall Bale nailed what those movies were about.
I think he did a fantastic job in those movies. Although I would say he made a great Bruce Wayne in the Batman suit as oppose to being Batman, I hope that makes sense. The TDK trilogy was more about the man in the suit as oppose to the figure it created. To me Michael Keaton actually was better still as Batman but overall Bale nailed what those movies were about.
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6:40PM on 03/03/2016

He nailed it...

It Batman Begins, the other movies were generic action flicks and TDKR was just bad.
It Batman Begins, the other movies were generic action flicks and TDKR was just bad.
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6:56PM on 03/03/2016
In no way was The Dark Knight was a generic action flick. That's not an opinion. That's a fact.
In no way was The Dark Knight was a generic action flick. That's not an opinion. That's a fact.
8:00PM on 03/03/2016
The only thing I disliked about Dark Knight was how much it became more of a Joker centric film than Batman.
The only thing I disliked about Dark Knight was how much it became more of a Joker centric film than Batman.
8:33PM on 03/03/2016
"The only thing I disliked about Dark Knight was how much it became more of a Joker centric film than Batman."

No it didn't.
"The only thing I disliked about Dark Knight was how much it became more of a Joker centric film than Batman."

No it didn't.
8:39PM on 03/03/2016
In the Dark Knight, great action movie- bad Batman movie - nothing about Batman's role was specifically 'Batman'. It could have been any hero. I liked the movie, but it could have stretched Harvey's story over two movies and focused more on Batman's unique qualities. I think losing Goyer's influence on the script lost some of what Batman Begins brought to the table. Jonathon Nolan just didn't know the character as well. Ledger was excellent as was Eckhart.

Batman Begins nailed Batman.
In the Dark Knight, great action movie- bad Batman movie - nothing about Batman's role was specifically 'Batman'. It could have been any hero. I liked the movie, but it could have stretched Harvey's story over two movies and focused more on Batman's unique qualities. I think losing Goyer's influence on the script lost some of what Batman Begins brought to the table. Jonathon Nolan just didn't know the character as well. Ledger was excellent as was Eckhart.

Batman Begins nailed Batman.
8:34AM on 03/04/2016
The Dark Knight was Michael Mann's 'Heat' with Batman in it. Not a criticism - it was a genius movie and I'd happily see more Batman along those lines. So it wasn't a generic action flick, it was a really good action movie plus Batman. I'm still not 100% sure what The Dark Knight Rises was, and god knows I've watched it enough times, but it was close to being great and just fumbled the ball somehow. All in all Nolan's trilogy was great, even if Rises wasn't entirely satisfying. (My opinion
The Dark Knight was Michael Mann's 'Heat' with Batman in it. Not a criticism - it was a genius movie and I'd happily see more Batman along those lines. So it wasn't a generic action flick, it was a really good action movie plus Batman. I'm still not 100% sure what The Dark Knight Rises was, and god knows I've watched it enough times, but it was close to being great and just fumbled the ball somehow. All in all Nolan's trilogy was great, even if Rises wasn't entirely satisfying. (My opinion anyway, and naturally you're all entitled to yours)
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