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“You are never gonna play anything else again”: Christian Bale Was Warned His Hollywood Career Would be Over After Christopher Nolan’s Batman Movies

Christian Bale the Dark Knight

Christian Bale was recently announced by GQ as the face of the November 2022 edition of the magazine, giving him the title of ‘Hollywood’s Reluctant King.’ Christian Bale has been in the movie industry for over 35 years and has received worldwide recognition for his brilliant acting skills. 

Christian Bale appears on the Nov 2022 edition of GQ Magazine
Christian Bale on the cover of GQ Magazine – Nov 2022

Undoubtedly, one of Christian Bale’s most iconic roles is of the Caped Crusader, donning the cape at night as Batman and playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne by day, in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. However, Christian Bale let his fans in on a secret where he says he was advised not to follow through with the trilogy.

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Christian Bale Was Warned Against Playing Batman

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight (2008).

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In his interview with GQ, Christian Bale opens up about how he was told not to play Batman in the upcoming trilogy as they believed that he would get stuck as Batman for the entirety of his career. He related this to when people also advised him against opting for the role of American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, calling it “career suicide.”

Instead of getting disheartened and dropping the role, he said, “bring it on, I definitely want to do that.” He told the magazine that he believed that if he cannot move ahead in his career, navigating through an array of roles, he does not deserve to, either.

“If I don’t have the skill to be able to rise above that, then I don’t deserve to either.”

Christian Bale seems to be extremely proud of his work as Batman. He cherishes the fact that Batman will be the most memorable “larger than life” role of his career. He said that he didn’t think the role would get him the levels of popularity that it did. He simply looked at it as a way to pay off his house. He thanked Christopher Nolan for everything he had done for his career. 

The Success of The Dark Knight Trilogy

Fans criticize The Dark Knight trilogy
The Dark Knight trilogy

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In the years since the trilogy came out, the recent DC movies have been compared to the gold standard set by The Dark Knight. The character of Batman has been around for almost a century, yet, Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman somehow seemed to have revived the iconic superhero.

The last two movies of the trilogy each gained over $1 billion at the box office. Christian Bale certainly played a huge part in this success. His idea of playing Batman as a serious superhero seemed to work out just fine both for him and the movie at the end, even though the thought was mocked at first.

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Written by Mishkaat Khan

A medical student who found solace in writing.