Collider.com (April 30th, 2007)

CHRISTIAN BALE TALKS BATMAN – THE DARK KNIGHT

I just attended the press day for Rescue Dawn (the new Werner Herzog film) and figured you might want to know what Christian Bale said about the new Batman film.

Before you get too exited you need to know he hasn’t started filming yet. He said he goes to London in a few weeks but everything thus far that’s been shooting hasn’t included him. And while Rescue Dawn comes out on July 4th, Batman is the reason the press day took place so far in advance. He said that he’s shooting for the rest of the year so this is probably the last time he’ll be talking to the press for awhile.

In my room were the usual suspects from the online community so I’d imagine what you’ll read below will be all over the internet later tonight. But at least on Collider you can also listen to the audio as well as read it.

So if you want to hear the entire 20 minute roundtable interview click here.

If you just want to hear the last 5 minutes or so when we just spoke about Batman click here.

We all knew he wouldn’t talk anything specific but at least we got something out of him…

You seem to be somebody who always wants to do something new, playing interesting and diverse characters. How hard is it go back to play Batman again? Is there something new that you can bring to it?

You know, I think that you got see with the other versions. You know it wasn’t my cup of tea anyway, it didn’t really keep it going but I got Chris Nolan, whom I’m working with for the third time now. And he ain’t going to be making a movie if he’s not going to do something very different with it, which he’s achieved in spades. Actually, I’m liking very much the idea because I’m having the pros playing the role before. So I know it already and obviously there will be progress. We got a great cast as well and Chris and me work very well together, so I know that we are going to find an awful lot to add to it. It’s certainly not the last thing it is would be treading water, but what we have now, we were confident before in what we wanted to do but other people didn’t know, it was untested now other people support us completely to so we have all of that extra wall of support behind us to sort of let rip and take it further.

As an actor how important is it to have a franchise character to go back to, that allow you to do things like this movie?

Well, I’d be doing things like this movie anyway because it’s not like if didn’t have the franchise I can’t make “Rescue Dawn.” What it does allow though is something like “Rescue Dawn”, Warner and me have been talking about making a good two and a half years and… I don’t know, but I doubt it was a huge consequence that we got financing pretty quick after I’d been in Batman. So it does mean that I can do these things in a much easier fashion vs. a couple years back where in like in “American Psycho”, it took two years just because they didn’t want me. So it certainly helps with that but in of itself I really like what Chris has done in working with him on Batman and so it’s… I tell you it’s the only time in my life to actually be able to plan in the future because usually you know what you’re doing for the next two months, if you’re lucky, and after that you have no idea. I’ve got times when I’ve really needed to work and there’s were no work for me coming in, and I didn’t work for a year and a half or something. So it’s, I guess having a franchise is the only time when you can actually sit back and go, “it’s alright, you know, it’s going to be okay.” Even if nothing else happens, I know that’s gonna come along. But you don’t even know that actually because they can dump me in a second if they want. But it’s a good bet we’ll be making it.

I’m curious about the training for the upcoming film; can you talk a little bit about that? Did you have to train a lot?

There are new things that I’m having to train for but… again, in the same way we were untested before, they know that I know my right from my left now, you know. They know when I walk the arms swings the right way. So there’s more confidence in me about my ability to pick things up quickly. We have, we did start a while back in training which I’ll leave as a mystery for what we are training for.

During “The Prestige” I asked you if Batman’s always been considered a great detective, the best detective in the world. Are we going to see that side of the Dark Knight?

Christian picked up his water bottle and started drinking. Everyone in the room laughed.

So if that’s clear enough?

Are you looking forward to working with Heath Ledger as the Joker?

Absolutely, Heath is a great choice for it. I like him personally. He’s got a real craving for playing that role. I think he’s going to do something really different with it. And we worked together briefly in the Todd Haynes movie as well.

And can I ask what you have after Batman or have you not got that far ahead.

Working wise? I’ve no idea. We’re doing that [Batman] for the rest of the year.

You’re in London in a couple of weeks?

Yeah.

As an actor is it weird to be in a movie that will be filming for that long and that intense?

Well I did it on the first one, you know. Also I know the crowd….

Listen to the interview here.