Filmforce.ign.com (October 13th, 2004)
BATMAN EXPLORES ”UNCHARTED TERRITORY”
Interviews with actor Christian Bale and screenwriter David Goyer, respectively, are now online wherein each discusses Batman Begins.
Understanding Batman’s psychology was tricky for Bale. “I thought, ‘How can he really have this rage and this focus on despising criminals and this promise that he makes to rid the city of them?'” he advised reporters during a recent roundtable interview, at which IGN FilmForce and Sci Fi Wire were in attendance. “I saw that it’s really difficult to make a promise to yourself and then keep that clarity of thought that you had at that lucid moment and maintaining that intensity. Adopting this different persona helps him to maintain that kind of intensity.”
For Bale, the clothes indeed made the (Bat)man. “In donning the suit and everything, I no longer wanted to present this as Bruce Wayne dressed as a bat,” he said. “He becomes a different creature, partly out of necessity of disguise, but also out of necessity to keep himself sane in his own life. It really helped me. Once I put [the suit] on, I felt like if I don’t play it this a certain way, then I’m just going to feel like an idiot standing in a bat suit the whole time.”
Meanwhile, Superhero Hype points out an interview with David Goyer in the current issue of Dreamwatch Magazine. “There are definitely segments of our film that have never been addressed, even in the comic books, so we are sort of in uncharted territory,” Goyer told the mag.
Goyer believes “Ra’s Al Ghul is unique as a Batman villain because of his goals. Although his goals are somewhat perverted, he is more realistic as a character than some of the other villains. And using the Scarecrow gave us the opportunity to depict a villain that was truly scary and frightening.”
Batman Begins opens June 17, 2005.