Christian Bale's going to miss that Batman suit
May 29th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Christian Bale's going to miss that Batman suit

Although Christian Bale is happy with the way his character Bruce Wayne's story ends in this summer's "Dark Knight Rises," he is going to miss slipping into that snug Batman costume.

"You know, for all the kind of discomfort, and all the heat and the sweat and the headaches and everything from it, when you sit back and watch the movie at the end of the day you end up going, 'that's f*****g cool!'" Bale told of his alter-ego's iconic outfit. "So I will. I will miss it."

As far as the extent of his interaction with Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Bale played coy, saying that fans will just have to wait to see the movie when it arrives in theaters July 20.

In the meantime, there's the latest "Dark Knight Rises" TV spot to view. It's only 30 seconds, but we'll take it!


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  3. Marguerite

    Did Batman ever cheat?

    July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marguerite

    Batman excites me...

    July 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zeke2112

    Had he been smart, he would have included keeping one of his choosing as part of his compensation 🙂

    June 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. korgri

    He should o down to the bar where Adam West hangs out, now there's two of them crying in their beer.

    June 8, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Christian Bale is hands down the best Batman/Bruce Wayne. Onl y stupid people think other wise. The voice sounds great.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Korgri

      Adam West is and always will be Batman; the one actor who was thankfully always aware of how ridiculous the premise is and gave every scene it's full measure of corny and stupid.
      The 1960's were a very enlightened time.

      June 8, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce


      June 9, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rick

    Christian has the bat-height, and the bat-eyes, and came close to the bat-body, but he didn't have the bat-chin. And that voice he did to try to differentiate Bruce Wayne from the Dark Knight sounded like an asthma attack. Sorry, Chris, but a hero movie is only as good as the villains and he had a double helping of talent in the second movie with Eckhart and Ledger (RIP). Of course, I'll see the third, but Bane will not be able to follow the last act.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • divinesandwichmaker

      Rick, you underestimate the awesome acting chops of Tom Hardy.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Great movie seen it on down2load

      May 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      I don't agree with anyone not liking the voice. It's perfect. IMO Bale is awesome Nolan is awesome an Goyer is awesome. As far as J GL suiting up that certainly would be interesting. But only if JGL dies and they make it seem like bale dies. I can't wait for this epic movie: and yeah they'll make a batman in the future but I'll never watch .

      June 1, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. rs

    Michael Keaton was the best!

    May 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    Christian Bale the worst Batman? Try Gerge Clooney.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      Without a doubt George was the worst Batman though Val might be a close second. In fact all the Batman movies with exception of the first one sucked up till the latest run with Bale as Batman. I think they are far better than any of the previous movies. Can't wait to see the next one; though everyone must admit it was Heath playing the Joker that made the last movie stellar, IMHumbleO...

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tendofreak

    His movies are okay....mostly smoke and fireworks. First one was so-so.....the 2nd one...Heath ledger MADE that movie! His acting in that was superb as The Joker. Batman was only ho-hum...this 3rd one??? really looking forward to seeing how Catwoman looks.....If she can beat Holly Berry than she has my vote for President!

    May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • nethoreal

      Why are you reading articles about it? How cute, someone playing the "Too cool for school role" to get attention.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • King

      I'm just happy people FINALLY recognize that Heath did an outstanding job acting instead of saying that the movie's popularity was built up solely by his death. Its a shame we will never see what other roles he could have landed due to the success of TDK. But I think Bale was a great Batman and filled the vision we've all had of the character in modern day comics. Keaton is still the best! lol

      May 31, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Edward

    In the early days, Batman and Robin wore leotards and tights and had their own muscles. Today, the character puts on a muscle costume. Batman lost some of his lure when he lost all his real muscle and replaced them with a fake muscle suit.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Toasterdroid

      I'm having trouble seeing the muscles you refer to... Example:

      May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott M.

      Uh have you ever watched those old shows with Adam West? They didn't even have muscles... And as far as I'm concerned, Aaron Eckhart stole that movie with his amazing performance as Harvey Dent/Two Face. Heath Ledger was great to be sure, but I really thought that movie belonged to Eckhart.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. michelle

    what is the nonsense about bale not being a good actor? have you seen anything he's been in aside from batman (which he is excellent in imho) - the prestige, the fighter, american psycho, the machinist, empire of the sun, little women, etc. - other than gary oldman, he was one of the MOST underrated actors -

    May 30, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. T

    Now that's Bale has done his term as the Dark Knight...
    When they reboot the Bat film (again...), who would make a good Bruce Wayne / Batman ? And should there be a Robin / Nightwing in the new film series ? (I smell spinoff movies ! LOL.)

    Or should there be a World's Finest Team film w/ Batman & Superman teaming up (w/ few cameos from the JLA & JSA) ?

    May 30, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Toasterdroid

      I'm thinking it's time they move on with the legend and go with the Azrael as Batman idea. Basically, when Batman can no longer do the job he asks this guy to take over for him and it's puts a sort of Iron Man-esque spin on the bat suit. Example:

      May 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Skyeast

    Ho humm

    May 30, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. Nemanja

    This is THE worst Batman trilogy. Suit is great but head piece is soo bubbly and very bad.
    Batman Arkham city and Arkham asylum games have best batman suit created EVER.

    Chiristian is worst Batman actor. Only good film he was actor is Equilibrium and thats it....the end.

    Finally this horrible trilogy is over.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      Haha, good one man.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • KChevontez

      I'm assuming this is a joke. This Batman series so far has been amazing, and I'm sure this last one will be insane. Equilibrium is like the one Christian Bale movie that's not all that great. American Psycho? The Machinist? Come on.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed


      Please stop talking about movies as if you can understand them. You are a god damn idiot.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      I disagree with you 100%. This batman series is sooo much better than the old ones. I can't wait for the "Rises" movie.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • GINO


      May 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. David@2k12

    Burton/ Nolan captured Batman its core and the audience could relate to its legacy. This movie isnt about theatrics its about our culture, and the social and economical effects disorder and chaos can bring in a society torn by injustice. Thats what its always been about.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  18. Chris

    I have no hopes for this movie to be any good at all. As with the other Batman trilogies, the first movie is great, second is good, third one usually blows and then they reboot again.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth Wars. War for our Future

      You are.crazy Dark Knight and the Batman from when I was younger worth Arnold playing Freeze were some of the best two makes of a famous character ever. Dark kKnight was one of the best movies at that point in time matter of fact it was the best at that time and steady one of the best movies.of all time ever. I have. High hopes for this next bat man and I hope I don't get let down.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Reply to Chris

      I hear your cynicism but wholeheartedly disagree. This run is very different – they kept it dark, not glitzy like the previous iterations.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      Or this might be the one trilogy that the third one tops it all to end the series on a good note.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  19. m

    i just wish they would put those pop-up on the movie – BAM! WAM! POP!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  20. anti-turtles

    To the "I love turtles" guy: Turtles suck. And if you don't agree with that, you are not a true American my friend.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  21. Nighthhaaawk

    OK Batman reboot – George Clooney as Bruce Wayne – Val Kilmer ( After NutirSystem ) as Batman and Zooey Deschanel as Catwoman.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  22. Lil

    Christian Bale . . . such a handsome man to have such a horrible lisp. I can't watch any of his movies. Wish he'd get some speech therapy.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Stupidest thing I've ever heard.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • twh

      He has a lisp? I never heard him have anything resembling a lisp.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • rvastag

      Lisp? What it might be is that Christian is actually not American, so he has to force out the american english accent, and maybe that is what you are hearing.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jewbear

    You guys are nuts. George Clooney was the best Batman hands down. I'm surprised he didn't star in this Trilogy as well.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • criss

      Please be kidding!

      May 30, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I agree with you. Clooney was the best Batman out of the seven movies. Bale is ridiculous. He can't talk and he's not even an American.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Nighthhaaawk

      Clooney was a good choice for both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Now if we could only get a less flamboyant director...than Richard Donner ...with no agendas or ax's to grind.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Bemused

      Richard Donner didn't direct Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher did. Also, George Clooney, while a good actor in other projects, was terrible as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also, you're all kind of idiots.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  24. Ron Frey

    Mrs Jane Hathaway as catwoman now there is a hawtie...

    agreed Bale is ok but the voice ruined it for me its stupid as hell.
    I bet he does not miss that rubber suit a second...

    bat guano

    May 30, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • c

      Who's Jane Hathaway?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Nighthhaaawk

      Jane Hathaway was the rather thin secretary of Mr/ Drysdale on the Beverly Hillbillies – yes, her as Catwomen would be a sight i WOULDN't want to behold. kind of like Olive Oyl as the Black Canary..whoo..NO!

      May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • rs

      Jane Hatheway, captain of voyager with a back in time storyline *Holly temporal rift!*

      May 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. gregb

    Look the Tim Burton Batman was better than the 60s tv series but you really can't compare the 1989 version as good as it was to todays version of it.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  26. Nikebias22

    I am going to see this movie @ least 3 times...can not wait til the 7/20

    May 30, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  27. wow

    Woooooooow @PunchInTheface woooooooow u text way to much u lost me somewhere around warner bros or something like that i can ony imagine what ur status are on facebook...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  28. Fidelis obimkpe

    I wish him or her the best of luck

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  29. allen

    I still believe that the third movies is suppose to be the conclusion to the batman vs joker battle. But because of that sad event, Nolan have to rewrite the movies.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  30. CapitanJusticia

    Avengers > Batman

    May 30, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  31. ManBearDog

    I love Christian Bale's latest batman movie. I may have enjoyed it a little bit more than Daniel Craig's James Bond, and that's a pretty high score in my book.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  32. xx

    89 version is epic. This series had a good edge.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike

    Mitt romney will make a good batman! He'll be available in 6 months.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  34. Soldier

    I'm convinced that those of you saying this will be a terrible movie are only doing so because you just hate anything that everyone else seems to like. You're just angsty, wannabe movie critics that want to be angry about something and have the opposite opinion of everyone else. Stop being so emo.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • lolzusuckalot

      +1, nobody likes an anti-conformist (who of course conforms with all the non-conformists) emo.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. Frank A

    If you look closely at some of the shots of Batman in the the long trailer, you can tell it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Batsuit. just look at the lips and you can see the distinction between Bale and JGL.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  36. Calcommuter

    Best Bale Batman impersonation goes to Wolowitz on Big Bang Theory, Agreed that the raspy Batman voice is just annoying and borders on silly. Best Catwoman ever, Julie Newmar without question. Ms Hathaway looks great in the skin tight suit, but thanks for the mask... Reminds me of a 1940s novelty song, "Turn Your Head Little Darlin, I Can Still See Your Face!". Michael Keaton surprised everyone how good he was as Batman. His Bruce Wayne was more Everyman than biliionaire, but he pulled it off.. If Batman is killed off, better that it's while he's played by Bale.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Keaton was a terrible Batman. Jack Nicholeson pulled that first movie off not Keaton. When that movie came out people were saying it should have been call "The Joker" There was one scene where Keaton was running down the street next to Kim Basinger and he was shorter then she was. He looked like a little kid in that suit. The second movie was more about Cat Women then Batman it was a quarter scraper and he didn't do another one after that thankfully. You look at those movies today and they are silly in comparison.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  37. iBod

    This film is going to be freaking EPIC!

    I must be honest: I am almost certain this will not be the last. It will be the last for now...for many years. I still think the public is waiting for a realistic version of 'Beyond'...I think Nolan is the only one who can pull it off since his trilogy would be the best adaptation to work with for a continuation of Batman. I can see Warner Brothers trying to get him on the script if they decide so.

    Let's not act like this is going to be the last Batman film. We know Hollywood. It's not. Though, the days of the same are over. Nolan's version was viewed favorably because there was realistic addition of depth to a storyline that was not yet seen on screen, and that is why it was so successful. The only way Batman will be as successful as Nolan's Batman will be if Warner Brothers decides to move forward from the successful storyline of Nolan's version. No one can say for sure they know how 'Rises' will end. With Nolan, you cannot even rule out Batman's death; but I do say, it seems appropriate to, at least, begin going down the road of 'Beyond' after the third of this trilogy hits theatres. Start anew through a continuation of the old. Don't start over.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • PunchInTheFace

      Warner Bros. already indicated they plan to reboot after Dark Knight Rises. Maybe that'll change, but Nolan also said he ended it in a way that would be very difficult for any other director to piggyback off his trilogy.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Well're right. Since Warner Bros has already said they're looking to reboot the franchise with Bale and Nolan stepping aside, I would completely agree with you. But, fat chance anyone will have the ability to make a Batman trilogy better than this has turned out to be.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. JoseSchmose

    I'm in agreement about the voice and after the second movie my friends and I are seeing the third one simply for comedic purposes. His silly affectation is too funny to ignore. I don't know if it was Bale's or Nolan's idea for it but it's absolutely ridiculous and it's going to ruin it for me and a lot of other people. Thanks Nolan.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Alfred

    Bale is a terrible Batman. That fake raspy voice doesn't scare anyone, only in the movies. Bale does do a decent job of playing Bruce Wayne. Now, people may think I'm crazy but........Michael Keaton was the best Batman. That's Batman, not Bruce Wayne, Keaton was terrible as Bruce Wayne. If I were director. I would make a separate actor for Batman. Someone more natural grit.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Ketchup

    Love ketchup

    May 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bruce

    Half of you people don't even deserve watching the dark knight trilogy. It's not about batman at all. It's about good vs evil and so much more. Anyone could be batman. This movie has so much more depth than a simple yellow emblem. Sheesh. Take the movie at face value if u want that's fine. But the reality is this is like star wars was in the 70-80's it's more epic IMO .

    May 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  42. scarecrow

    I never did really care for Bale as Batman to be honest, the smoky waitress voice yeah that's right. As good at the moment they all have hit certain points, the ultimate and real DARK Knight still has to emerge. and.......he will, .....ohhhh he will.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Leigh2VA

    I really like this version of Batman ~ the Dark Knight. It seems truer to the character of Batman. Tim Burton's version of Batman was fine and I like Michael Keaton (for the first and second movies), but this series appeals to me more. And it doesn't hurt that Christian Bale is a real hottie. I don't care that his voice sounds 'like an 80 year old, chain smoking waitress' as another poster put it. Personally, I'm not really paying attention to his voice.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. itsme

    For those who still prefer the previous instances to the Dark night: You probably watch shrek and toy story in awe. So, give the new ones a rest, pick them up and watch them again in about, let's say, 20 years. You may get the point then.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dtd

    I just wish Bale didn't have Batman sound like a 80 year chain smoking waitress.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. warren

    anne hathaway catwoman.?we will see

    May 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. fatherheathen

    Frank Miller ruined Batman.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Michael

    Batman dies at the end so there ain't no going back.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Bob Zanis

    @ God in me

    Thats what she said

    May 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Joka

    Hopefully the 'occupy' theme has been toned down.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  51. just saying

    i was born in '78, and i like all the Batman's except george clooney, they were all different but still good!

    May 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  52. God in me


    May 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  53. C3po

    Jason Statham should play Batman. Or maybe Superman should wear the bat suit and be Superbat. Awesome!

    May 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mammy

    I blew Batman.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Justin


    I was born in 1974, and love the Dark Knight trilogy (so far). You should read more Batman comics and watch fewer episodes of Super Friends.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jason83

    Can't Wait to see this movie. There's no doubt in my mind this film wil easily exceed the $1 billion mark. I'm betting it will make more money in theaters than The Dark Knight (which was excellent). Hopefully Christopher Nolan will continue directing more films. Must be nice to be VERY rich!.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  57. GODSENT68


    May 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Dan


    This is based off the Dark Knight comics....not the Batman from the 90s or not the Adam West Batman. And obivously you have no taste

    May 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Juicy Hudson

    The fact that Bale's Batsuit doesn't feature the classic yellow and black Batman logo on the chest symbolizes everything that is WRONG with the current Batman. I have a feeling that the majority of Dark Knight fans were BORN around 1989 when the first Batman movie was released and we had a decent Batman in Michael Keaton. As for this incredibly bland current Batman, you can have him.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're hung up on the freakin' bat symbol on his chest?

      Christian Bale > Michael Keaton > Adam West.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      I commented earlier, but apparently CNN is censoring me.

      Just to be clear, when Batman first appeared (May 1939, Detective Comics #27) he did not have a Yellow Oval behind the symbol. Just a Bat on his chest.

      Keaton's Batman had zero depth, and his Bruce Wayne was barely a character. Also the Nolan/Bale trilogy has much more compelling villains, with more realistic plots and a far superior secondary cast. The Keaton movies seemed cool when they first came out, but watching them now is cringe-inducing. Especially Batman Returns, when old Bats kills several Penguin goons during the opening action sequence. Now THAT is bat-blasphemy.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I agree completely. Bale is stale as Batman. No charm. He's wooden. Keaton was the best. Val Kilmer was good too. American dudes. I think Bale is a phenomenal actor. But for Bruce Wayne, he just aint right. He does not do "Playboy" rich guy well.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • God in me

      God bless u s a

      May 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyAnonymous

      Sure the old yellow/black logo is classic but do you really want to see a grown man in a grey spandex suit and blue underoos?

      May 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Batman debuted in 1939. The yellow symbol you describe as "classic" didn't appear until 1964.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Eileen

    Love bale

    May 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

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