Christian Bale Cast As New 'Batman'

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Holy casting news! An "American Psycho" has been picked to star as Bruce Wayne in a new "Batman" movie.

Christian Bale will don the cape and mask in a film that will chronicle the early career of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday.

"Memento" filmmaker Christopher Nolan will direct the movie, which is set to begin filming in early 2004.

"What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for," Nolan said in a statement.

Bale, 29, made his breakthrough in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" in 1987, playing a boy trying to survive in a Japanese-run POW camp in China.

His other credits include "Swing Kids" (1993), "Velvet Goldmine" (199 and "Shaft" (2000). Bale's most infamous role was as the yuppie serial-killer in 2000's "American Psycho."

Warner Bros. is trying to resurrect the "Batman" franchise. The character became a top box office draw after director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton made two hit movies "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992).

The films got a little campier when Joel Schumacher took over for 1995's "Batman Forever," with Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader. The next installment, 1997's "Batman & Robin," was a critical disaster that alienated many fans. It starred George Clooney.

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Mike Keaton was the ultimate Batman but I like the idea of Christian Bale. He can do the action as well, if you've seen "Equilibrium." The story of the movie is bad, but the action is awesome. And Chris Nolan as the director? I didn't know that. That's awesome. He will make that a very dark movie. I can't believe I'm actually excited about a Batman movie again.
 

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To me the first Batman (with Michael Keaton) was the best out of all the batman flicks. It was true to the comic book and it had that "Dark side" to it.

It will be interesting to see what they do this time. I hope No Me Freeze. :D
 
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