Christian Bale’s Batman had a single narrative arc that showed his origins, his fall from grace and eventual return to be the hero Gotham needed, saving it from destruction, and his eventual retirement. There was a lot of fake-playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne in that version. Although there is a school of thought out there on the internet that Bale’s Batman died in the nuclear explosion and Alfred is just seeing what he wished he could see at that cafe at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. Anyway, we digress…
Matt Reeves’ The Batman took a different approach and shied away from the well trodden path of the origin story, distancing itself from previous incarnations in the process. Robert Pattinson’s Batman was in his second year as a vigilante and was deeply, too deeply, immersed in the Caped Crusader. Bruce Wayne was barely part of his soul at this point in his journey. Barely a convenient mask to wear when not out punching bad guys.
Now, in an interview with Variety with the press tour ramping up for Thor: Love and Thunder, Christian Bale admitted he hasn’t seen The Batman yet:
“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 watch too many. But I will, I certainly will. Robert is an absolutely wonderful actor. We bumped into each other, talked a little bit about it ahead of time, and I heard wonderful things.”
Bale is appearing in MCU’s Thor: Love And Thunder as the main bad guy, Gorr The God Butcher. With a multinational press tour underway and weeks of hotel living, flights and junkets, maybe he will get a chance on hotel cable or in-flight entertainment? Hardly the best way to experience The Batman.