‘The Dark Knight’ Star Christian Bale Still Hasn’t Seen ‘The Batman’

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Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has confessed he is still yet to see Robert Pattinson’s turn as the Caped Crusader in The Batman.

Christian Bale’s Batman has long been a firm fan favorite. While he got off to a solid start in Batman Begins, he really established himself in the role and wowed audiences when he returned in 2008’s oft revered The Dark Knight, broadly regarded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time and certainly the best Batman movie of all time. However, The Dark Knight was knocked off its pedestal for many fans when The Batman landed in theaters earlier this year, introducing Robert Pattinson as a brutal, haunted Dark Knight still finding his way in his early crimefighting career.

Passing The Bat On

While Christian Bale didn’t hand the role over to Robert Pattinson immediately – Ben Affleck appeared in several DCEU films as the Dark Knight before Pattinson’s debut – his status as a former and highly revered Batman has meant many fans are still interested in hearing his thoughts on his successors’ work in cape and cowl. However, Bale recently revealed he is yet to see Pattinson’s first Batman movie.

Speaking to Variety on the red carpet for the premiere of Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, in which he plays the terrifying Gorr the God Butcher, Christian Bale was asked what he thought of Robert Pattinson in The Batman. The actor then admitted he hadn’t seen the film yet. However, he made it clear that he will be watching it at some point and that he has every faith in Pattinson:

“I still haven’t seen it. I will see it. Listen mate, it’s amazing how few films I see. Every director I work with, I’ve seen a couple of their films and they’re always looking at me going, ‘Are you kidding?’ I like to really savor films and I don’t want to watch too many. But I will, I certainly will. Robert [Pattinson] is an absolutely wonderful actor. We bumped into each other, talked a little bit about it ahead of time, and I hear wonderful things.”

If the response from fans and critics is anything to go by, Christian Bale is likely to be giving his successor his Bat-seal of approval when he does get around to seeing Robert Pattinson’s The Batman. Whether he agrees with those fans who have declared it superior to The Dark Knight, though, is another matter.

Here is the synopsis for The Batman:

“Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.”

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.

The film is now streaming exclusively on HBO Max and is available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding The Batman and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: Variety