(October 14th, 2004)


Christian Bale, who stars in the upcoming comic-book movie Batman Begins, told Sci Fi Wire that he shot early scenes in Iceland, which was a cold, lonely experience. “We were in a little wooden hotel with miles of nothing on either side,” Bale said in an interview. “I would go running, and there was nothing but these incredible glaciers. It’s an amazing country, the actual structures, the mountains, the sea and how rough the whole place is.”

Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, said that the environment provided some unique opportunities for the production, as well as some unique hazards. “These really beautiful glaciers were this incredible blue color, and we were filming a scene where we had to get out there and run around on it,” Bale said. “We were out there, and it was splitting as we were on it. There were big cracks appearing down it, and we all had to stand still and not break it. By the next day there was all this water again. It was a very nice, enjoyable beginning to Batman, because it was something very different from what I think traditionally making a movie like that would have been.”

Batman Begins is the fifth film in the Warner Brothers franchise, based on the venerable DC Comics series. Bale said that he feels that he brought something fresh to the caped crusader, who has been played by actors from Michael Keaton to George Clooney. “Often you hear actors saying that, and you’re like, ‘I’m going to check that out.’ And you look at it and go, ‘What did you really do? Is there anything different there?'” he said. “I do feel that, but we’re going to have to wait and see if I managed it. If I didn’t, then there’ll be someone else in there for number two, if it ever happens.”