The Western Mail (August 25th, 2004)

BATMAN BALE HALTS CAR

Actor Christian Bale may be taking his new role as Batman too seriously.

Pembrokeshire-born Bale, who is the latest Hollywood star to take on the role of the Caped Crusader, flew into action when a runaway car threatened to plough into the set of Batman Begins.

The 30-year-old former child star of Empire of the Sun raced after a vintage Plymouth which had started to run down a hill.

Bale raced after the car, jumped through an open window and steered it to safety.

No one was injured and Bale managed to stop any damage to the car or set.

In the fifth film of the franchise, British director Christopher Nolan plans to give audiences an insight into the early days of the superhero.

Bale had previously said, “I loved the fantastical notion of the superhero but at the same time being able to bring a psychologically interesting element to that.”