An A-list actor with a prolific acting career, Christian Bale has established himself as one of the best actors of this generation. Throughout his career, Bale has played a variety of roles that have heavily influenced his career, as he became synonymous with those characters. Whether it is a period romance drama or a superhero film, The Flowers of War actor is ready to take the risk to showcase his ability to nail his role in different film genres.
However, Christian Bale’s most iconic role would be Batman from The Dark Knight trilogy, where he teamed up with Christopher Nolan to narrate the origin story of the character. The iconic character has also been played by Michael Keaton, who many fans is the greatest actor to portray the role. Surprisingly, when asked to talk about their common role, he refused to associate himself with Bale for one trait of the character.
Michael Keaton Believes He Nailed Batman’s Voice
Michael Keaton, who portrayed the role of Batman is considered to be the greatest actor to play the role because of his understanding of playing two different characters at the same time. Since then nobody has come close to matching the bar that Keaton has set for the Caped Crusader. The only actor who has come close to meeting the expectations was Christian Bale. Many fans compared the two actors for their Batman voices.
During an exclusive interview with Absolute Radio, the Jackie Brown actor was asked if he was excited to see what’s going on with The Dark Knight franchise. He answered that he has not watched any of the films, but one thing he can say for sure is that Christian Bale is a “monster” in his role.
“I don’t, I’m not, I don’t know enough, I don’t, I’ve never really seen any of the beginning and not for any real reason except that you know, I don’t see a, there’s a lot of movies I don’t see. So, I can’t really comment on them except that what I’ve seen of what Chris Nolan did is, he’s so great. You know, he’s just smart, and I’m sure they’re good I don’t know but Christian Bale’s like a monster, this guy’s a great actor, you know.
The interviewer asked him the question that fans have been dying to know, that is, both of them get praised for their Batman voices but whom does he think has nailed it? Without a shadow of a doubt, the actor said “No no no, let’s be clear I got the voice thing,” for the Greatest Detective in the world.
Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan Found Batman To Be Insipid
During an exclusive interview with GQ, the American Psycho star takes a look back at some of his most iconic roles. This, of course, included his portrayal in Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy’s 2nd film The Dark Knight, this film is one of the best works of cinema history. It was during this discussion, that Christian Bale shared his talks with Nolan, about how they noticed a peculiar pattern in the character.
“When Chris and I first sat down, we said, ‘You know what the problem with Batman is? Is that the villains are always more interesting.’” He went on, “And unfortunately now sitting there going, ‘I’m feeling a little bit dull by comparison’ cause Heath is just like killing this.”
The actor explained that the villains are more complex and interesting than Batman, and it was during this moment the director felt the character was closer to a villain than a hero.
“and so Batman, actually, is very close to being a villain himself. So lets never let him become dull by comparison.”
While this is a big argument as Bruce Wayne has inner demons that haunt him. However, he always sticks to his moral code, though it can be counted as his flaw. Hence, it made the two feel the way they did.
The Dark Knight can be streamed on Max.