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22 July 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  

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“It’s so exciting, for once I can’t complain because it has already been such a huge and unambiguous success.”

Christopher Nolan should be quite rightly feeling pretty happy with himself right about now. The Dark Knight, the magnificent sequel to Batman Begins, has already broken US box office records and with universally adoring reviews, Nolan’s epic return to Gotham was celebrated in fine style at the European Premiere in London’s Leicester Square - we’re talking fire-throwers, crazed fans, the Batmobile revving up the red carpet and the stars of the film stepping up to chat about the hotly anticipated movie.

So how did Nolan tackle the challenges of Batman’s return?

“Well, really the fresh challenge of this film was continuing the tone of the first movie and move naturally forward with the story,” he said. “We had to give the audience something new and exciting in this world and I really think we’ve done that.”

The right venerable Sir Michael Caine, aka Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth, fully agrees with that statement.

“This is such a wonderful movie, it’s not just the best Batman movie, which it is, it’s one of the best movies that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I would absolutely return for a third movie but I think that this one will be such a success that it will be difficult to top it. We’ve already broken the biggest box office opening record in American movie history, how do you top that? You’ve got to break your own record, it’s hard.

“I’ve never been in a film this big before, it’s extraordinary,” Caine continues. “I’m not the star of the film but that doesn’t matter, I’m in it, my name’s on the poster if you look closely enough.”

It’s fair to say that the movie, which features a deadly duo of new nemeses for Christian Bale’s Batman to battle, is darker in tone than your average summer blockbuster. Was it a tough film to make? Bale has the answer.

“No, not really, we actually had a great deal of fun,” he said. “I mean we relaxed and messed around between takes because this is a more serious take on the character. At the end of the day when you take the make-up off, you relax and have a good time - I’ve worked with these people many times now and it was a lot of fun on set.”

It’s Bale’s second time donning the cape and cowl, how did he approach the character this time around?

“It’s more familiar,” said Bale. “We always wanted some level of reality to these movies and I think we’ve achieved a very compelling sense of realism with this comic book character. I’ve never really been a particular Batman fan or a comic book fan so I was coming at it from a really fresh perspective. Clearly Chris Nolan was after a more serious take and he got that.”

The Dark Knight is released on Friday.

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Oh puuurlease!
I really dont care what Christian Bale gets up to in his private life. Its his work on screen that interests me. Charleze Theron for catwoman!!!! More

Posted by arronskie at 16:58 on 23 July 2008 | Report This Post

Bale released!!!
He's free! London is back under vigilante rule! Apparently the police have said in statement they were in no hurry to arrest Christian Bale "due to the lack of severity in the allegations." Sounds like a case of parents showing you up at your big party. More

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RE: The Dark Fight
L: keyzersaulsie Empire! WTF? Were you not there when Christian Bale bitch slapped his momma and half-nelsoned his sister? Call yourselves a film website? Pah! sp; Smack ma bitches up.  They probly tried to steal his green or sumfin, Yea. More

Posted by kinge247 at 19:46 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Batman in custody? Sounds like a joke...
Not to make light of what is obviously an uncomfortable place in the batsuit, maybe if Bale had been listening to DKD by Chemical Empire (www.myspace/chemicalempire) he'd of been in a happy place! More

Posted by Arkham Dods at 19:15 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

The Dark Fight
Empire! WTF? Were you not there when Christian Bale bitch slapped his momma and half-nelsoned his sister? Call yourselves a film website? Pah! More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 18:13 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I was there and it was fantastic
L: droo_face poor Bale im sure he didnt hurt his sister and should butt out. heers for clearing that up, I can rest easy now.  Actually if you could pass your insights on to the Met I'm sure it would save them running around and getting caught up doing all that "investigating". More

Posted by sinaplenty at 16:41 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

I was there and it was fantastic
I was there yesterday and it was absolutely amazing..everythign about it..didnt help that it got hot and sticky but o well haha..poor Bale im sure he didnt hurt his sister and should butt out. Im happy he finally frickin used his normal accent for a batman related interview...its ridiculous that he thinks it will "confuse the fans" most fans know he is British anyway..maybe it was something about being in London that made him do it! An all around fun day! Cant wait fo More

Posted by droo_face at 16:07 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Cheer up Bale!!
Honestly though, it's impossible to keep things in the family these days isn't it?  Ahem.. More

Posted by Halfling at 15:35 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Cheer up Bale!!
maybe he thought they were T1000s.   method actor and all.. More

Posted by jackcarter at 15:23 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Cheer up Bale!!
Strange news. And what IS lashing out? More

Posted by mejaars at 15:15 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Cheer up Bale!!
Having just seen the news, it's now apparent why the normally smiley Mr Bale was less than er, smiley, last night! More

Posted by Halfling at 15:04 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

I agree that Christian Bale doesn't have to use an American accent just because he's in London (although he was apparently born in Wales). Suggestion: use your proper accent when you're not acting! Also, waltham1979, contain yourself Please... More

Posted by cliff126 at 14:44 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Cheer up Bale!!
You're the goddamn Batman. Seriously though, he could smile. :D More

Posted by SolarDave at 14:37 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

ilovekaren:"how many accents does bale have hes in london so hes a cockney saw him on some us show the other day talking like hes from the bronx which one is his own" I seen that show on sky movies aswell and I thought exactly the same thing. More

Posted by Tiger211091 at 13:04 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Am I the only one who has just noticed how hot Maggie Gyllenhaal is? No matter - hyperbole aside - could we see the first Comic Book movie up for Best Picture award next year? More

Posted by JimKing75 at 13:04 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Whoa, The Bale speaking in an british accent! ...didn't think he knew how to do that anymore! He's american in all his US interviews, thought maybe he'd changed his accent so many times he didn't know what his own one was anymore! More

Posted by SkullKassidy at 12:56 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

I was there for the premiere and it was a great event. Seeing the Tumbler tearing up the red carpet was an awesome moment. Took some great shots of Sir Michael, Bale & Eckhart. I was standing just behind the guy holding that massive Michael Caine painting! More

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Filled the cup dozens of times waiting for this and by the looks of Gyllenhaal I'm gonna need a bigger cup More

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im all out of sex wee waiting for this film !! only tomorrow and cannot wait ... although I do regret getting pissed at the weekend and having the bat signal tattoed onto my back ... oops !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:08 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

i've gotta admit, i'm getting pretty sick of hearing about Heath Leger. and i understand that he's a talented actor, but to give him an oscar simply because he's dead is stupid and it's not like oscars actually mean anything. i mean, chiago won best picture.... enough said. More

Posted by Hughezy at 11:43 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

how many accents does bale have hes in london so hes a cockney saw him on some us show the other day talking like hes from the bronx which one is his own crnt wait for this movie tho More

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I can't believe I'm actually going to see this film.Only 34 hours left now.. More

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