Christian Bale Reveals How Playing Batman Influenced His Career

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To many people, Christian Bale’s Batman was the best of all time. Michael Keaton was great, Ben Affleck wasn’t that bad, but Bale remains the actor most of moviegoers associate Batman with. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Bale’s Batman trilogy was also highly acclaimed while Batman: The Dark Knight is considered the best Batman movie of all times.

Although Christian Bale isn’t portraying the Caped Crusader anymore, he recently spoke on Variety’s Playback podcast and revealed how he feels about the role and how it influenced his career.

“(Have) mixed emotions about it,” said Bale. “I’m always eternally grateful to Chris. For instance, ‘Rescue Dawn,’ Werner [Herzog] and I had been trying to put that together for a few years. ‘American Psycho,’ Mary Harron and I had been trying to put that together for a few years. No one was interested. Why? Me. Suddenly everyone said, ‘Yeah, alright. We’ll go with him.’ It did change everything. It was the first time I had done a film of that magnitude. That was a real learning curve for me. I wrestled with it for a long time. I still do on occasions. But I’m just learning, hey, accept the good things.”

After wrapping up the third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, and finishing the trilogy in 2012, Christian Bale went on to star in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, as well as some small-budget movies like Knight of Cups. His latest acting effort was 2017’s period western Hostiles.