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Christian Bale Talks “Batman 3″ Sequel to The Dark Knight
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Posted on 07/26/2008 3:34:54 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Can you imagine if The Dark Knight was the last Batman film for actor Christian Bale? Clearly no person plays more into the monumental equation of a trilogy starring him than director Christopher Nolan. Bale recently spoke with EW about a second sequel to Batman Begins, or as the odd interviewer incorrectly called it, Batman “film number six”(I counted seven, Peter counted eight with the Adam West film)…

Interviewer: So do you think there will be a part 3 of Batman? Christian Bale: Um, look, let’s wait and see…

Interviewer: Or, I guess it’d be part 6. Christian Bale: No, no, no, no, no. [Smiling] Part 3 is what I’d consider it, yeah, I don’t say part 6. Batman begins - that was the beginning there, with all due respect to the others. We are re-creating this. You know, obviously the decision is out of my hands. I would, knowing the Dark Knight story, I would like very much to complete a trilogy. And I think that knowing the story of The Dark Knight, it leaves you anticipating something that really can get very, very interesting for a third. Now, the question would be: Is Chris going to be doing it? Because to me I find it tricky to imagine working on it without it being a collaboration with Chris.

Sounds good, but it won’t be cheap. Bale was signed for three films way back when, including a Batman “team-up” movie. There was a time when a third film in Nolan’s series was strongly rumored to be the trial of the Joker (screenwriter David Goyer even said so back in 2006) but that piped down even before Heath Ledger’s passing, and Two Face’s appearance in TDK would also negate it.

With general interest already through the roof for TDK partially due to the best early trailer of the summer flock, and one of the strongest viral campaigns ever, the first sequel is going to rock registers and hopefully fanboys’ minds as well. A third film would be ideal and everything points to it happening with Nolan and/or Bale at this stage. But hey, it’s Hollywood, nothing is a sure thing.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bale; batman; darkknight

1 posted on 07/26/2008 3:34:54 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Does he talk about bashing his mother and throwing his sister out the window?


2 posted on 07/26/2008 3:37:04 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: MinorityRepublican
If Bale quits or gives the producers trouble, they could easily replace him with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm who, if anything, looks even more like Bruce Wayne:
3 posted on 07/26/2008 3:40:27 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: LdSentinal
Yeah, the sheen of getting this through Netflix wore off when he started downloading on his own flesh-and-blood. I don't give a complimentary shit what his reasons were.


4 posted on 07/26/2008 3:40:51 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Barak Obama is as inept as a bear cub with his dink.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

John Hamm indeed looks like batman. The only question is can he act?


5 posted on 07/26/2008 3:45:28 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: LdSentinal

Nice satire, but let’s not hyperbolize that situation any more than it already has been.

Also, I really don’t see where they go from here.


6 posted on 07/26/2008 3:50:18 PM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: Viking2002

Do you actually read stories or just headlines? He was booked on a Class 2 misdemeanor for “verbal abuse”, the kind of thought police laws in Britain we should all be against. I’m not excusing it, but are you going to tell me you’ve never yelled at a family member?


7 posted on 07/26/2008 3:51:58 PM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: MeanMachine
Do you actually read stories or just headlines? He was booked on a Class 2 misdemeanor for “verbal abuse”, the kind of thought police laws in Britain we should all be against. I’m not excusing it, but are you going to tell me you’ve never yelled at a family member?

According to the last thing I read; his sister wanted a 200K loan from him. I don't recall if it was in Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Either way it's a serious chunk of change. He said no. Things apparently escalated, and words against his wife were thrown about.

8 posted on 07/26/2008 4:00:08 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

That man has no lips.


9 posted on 07/26/2008 4:14:46 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. Support your local reptile vet!)
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To: MeanMachine
While there is not as blatant as a set up for a sequel as happened at the end of "Batman Begins," there are plenty of places for them to go with a sequel. In a sequel, Batman could redeem himself in the eyes of the public for the alleged acts that he voluntarily took the blame for at the end of the Dark Knight.

One thing I don't understand about the movie (without giving any plot details away) is why did they go through that whole sequence about the district attorney in the last third of the movie? It seemed like the last 40 minutes of the movie contained a subplot to set the D.A. character up for the next movie, but obviously not.

10 posted on 07/26/2008 4:32:21 PM PDT by eeman
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To: Viking2002

Yeah, the sheen of getting this through Netflix wore off when he started downloading on his own flesh-and-blood. I don’t give a complimentary shit what his reasons were.

Yeah, the sheen of getting this through Netflix wore off when he started downloading on his own flesh-and-blood. I don’t give a complimentary shit what his reasons were.

The wife downloaded a copy and we’re going to check it out tonight but I doubt Bale comes close to Adam West.


11 posted on 07/26/2008 4:39:20 PM PDT by kickonly88
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To: eeman

I wondered about the same thing. As much as I liked the movie, the plot was not its strong point. A lot of footage that would have made it make more sense probably ended up on the cutting room floor.


12 posted on 07/26/2008 4:56:33 PM PDT by Huntress (If you have a chip on your shoulder, you think everybody's trying to knock it off.-AnAmericanMother)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The guy beats his mother and sister, no thanks.


13 posted on 07/26/2008 6:39:57 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MeanMachine

I read his mom is clown, literally.


14 posted on 07/26/2008 7:08:09 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: SMCC1

correction: is a clown.


15 posted on 07/26/2008 7:08:48 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: eeman; Huntress; pcottraux
It seemed like the last 40 minutes of the movie contained a subplot to set the D.A. character up for the next movie, but obviously not.

Uh, why do you say that? I just came from seeing the movie tonight. He could be in the next movie. Think about it. Think about what you saw--and DIDN'T see--in the last few minutes.

16 posted on 07/26/2008 8:21:54 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ich bin ein Tagliner.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I personally gathered that Harvey was dead at the end, but I’m willing to listen to the viewpoint that he was not. After all, there was no body or casket at what appeared to be the funeral where Gordon was speaking.


17 posted on 07/26/2008 8:41:39 PM PDT by pcottraux (I can't tell the difference between Carl Cameron, Chris Wallace, or Bill McCuddy.)
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To: pcottraux
After all, there was no body or casket at what appeared to be the funeral where Gordon was speaking.

That's right. And they wanted Harvey Dent to die a hero, right? That public image would be good for Gotham. All you saw was a brief clip from a public memorial service. Two-Face lives.

18 posted on 07/26/2008 9:01:28 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ich bin ein Tagliner.)
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To: MeanMachine

“He was booked on a Class 2 misdemeanor for “verbal abuse”, the kind of thought police laws in Britain we should all be against. I’m not excusing it, but are you going to tell me you’ve never yelled at a family member?”

I can’t remember where I read this - but yesterday I thought it was written somewhere that money was requested by the mom and sister. When it was turned down the mom started insulting his wife.
One friend said he usually walks away from those situations (which gives the impression this wasn’t the first time), but he was trapped in the room with them with press outside.

Argument escalates -tempers flare.

I haven’t seen anything in the claims of mom or sis that contradict that version.
I haven’t seen anyone claim he hit anyone.
Mom is claiming she fell - but it isn’t clear how she fell.

There’s something fishy when mom says to the press - we weren’t trying to ruin the premiere.

I mean - you love your son? There’s a heated family argument and you make it worse by going public and having him arrested?

I withhold judgement on batman until further details emerge.


19 posted on 07/26/2008 9:01:46 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: MinorityRepublican
One thing is for certain, if there is a sequel: There ain't going to be a Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, or Mr. Freeze. There will be Two-Face and a new villain in the next movie. I think after the 3rd one it'll probably be the end.

When Batman was conceived in the 80s, producers should have immediately signed Mel Gibson for the role. Gibson is perfect for Batman (well, he was back then). He had the looks, he had that explosive rage, and that raw vengeance towards his adversaries. Tim Burton really wrecked the franchise, even the original Batman with Jack Nicholson had corny elements in it.

20 posted on 07/26/2008 9:04:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (BARACK OBAMA WILL SAVE US! HE HAS RISEN!!)
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To: TexasCajun
The guy beats his mother and sister, no thanks.

See the above comments. Verbal abuse was the charge. How would you feel if your family all of a sudden starts hitting you up for a 200K loans?

21 posted on 07/26/2008 9:05:29 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (A citizen using a weapon to shoot a criminal is the ultimate act of independence from government.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I think after the 3rd one it'll probably be the end.

I agree. I think the director and the actor playing Batman will want to move on to other projects. But the Batman series is too profitable for Warner Bros to give it up all of a sudden. So my guess is that in a couple of years, they will look for a new director and actor playing batman. But my hope is that they won't do this for a decade or two because I do not see how anyone could top the current version of Batman that we are currently watching.

22 posted on 07/26/2008 9:14:17 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Scotswife

There is such a thing as a mom who chooses sides, and sets up one sibling against the other. It is usually driven by spite and envy. Not pretty.


23 posted on 07/26/2008 9:15:02 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: TruthConquers

and I imagine that it is also possible that when a family member is fabulously wealthy, and it is one of the most important nights of his career - and he is trapped in a room with greedy relatives with press outside - might that be a good opportunity for greedy relatives to attempt a little extortion?

The mom and sis claim they only pressed charges because he needed to be taught a lesson.
hmmmmm....


24 posted on 07/26/2008 9:18:36 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: TexasCajun

see post 19.
Mom and sis aren’t claiming they were beaten.


25 posted on 07/26/2008 9:21:10 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

Yep. For some people, blackmail is a convenient way to get some easy money. Morals, what are morals?


26 posted on 07/26/2008 9:40:21 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: TruthConquers

I suppose it’s also possible he did something wrong - maybe crossed a line of decency.
But he’s cute, and he’s batman - and he was about to attend a premiere, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Right now I feel bad for him.
He must be terribly embarrassed and furious.


27 posted on 07/26/2008 9:44:08 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

I try to steer clear of gossip rags, but from what I’ve read they are estranged. In unrelated points of interest, his father was married to Gloria Steinem!


28 posted on 07/26/2008 10:24:18 PM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: MinorityRepublican

Yeah, Hamm can act. The Season Premiere of “Mad Men” is Sunday (July 27), 10 pm on AMC. Check him, and the show, out. Both are excellent.


29 posted on 07/26/2008 10:27:27 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: MeanMachine

I bet it would take quite an interesting man to convince Steinem that marriage was worth her while afterall!


30 posted on 07/26/2008 10:27:31 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Tax-chick

Have you looked at a drawing of Batman lately?


31 posted on 07/26/2008 10:28:08 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Scotswife

Thank You for that post. IMO the only thing worse than someone who abuses others is someone who claims a person is an abuser without any evidence.


32 posted on 07/26/2008 10:36:14 PM PDT by waiyu (Living is the only thing worth dying for.)
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To: waiyu

de nada!

I think one problem is how the headlines were phrased and that the laws are different between UK and US.

When americans hear “abuse” or “domestic” situation - we assumed punches were thrown.
And then add in one man + 2 women, and we assume the guy is being a real bully - towards his own mama no less?

But the more this story unfolds, the fishier it sounds.


33 posted on 07/26/2008 10:43:46 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I think Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin would be interesting. I think in the comics he is now an arms dealer which would probably fit in well with what has been the running mob themes of the movies. After the Joker didn’t work out for them how about someone who just supplies interesting weaponry?

I also think with Batman being a fugitive now introducing Dr. Hugo Strange would be a nice touch. Now more than ever he would need to keep his identity secret and Strange knows who he is.

The thing is from all reports Ledger’s performance is one for the record books. (I haven’t seen it, have to wait until next Monday.) So you have to have an actor like Phillip Seymour Hoffman who at worst will only have a very good performance instead of an excellent one. I hope they can work Johnny Depp in at some point.

Speaking of Depp, I can’t wait untill next summer when Public Enemies comes out. Depp, Bale and Michael Mann how can you go wrong?


34 posted on 07/26/2008 10:56:48 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Scotswife

You hit the nail on the head. I have had some pretty heated arguements with my mother about things she said about my wife. I don’t see yelling as abuse. If it is then from most of the articles the mom and sister are also abusive.


35 posted on 07/26/2008 11:10:23 PM PDT by waiyu (Living is the only thing worth dying for.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Heath Ledger was incredible. I thought all this talk about Oscar performance was hype because of his demise but he was fantastic. Its hard to believe it was the same guy from “A Knight’s Tale.” His characterization of the Joker had this scary, evil, foreboding presence—Kind of like Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lechter in the original Silence of the Lambs


36 posted on 07/26/2008 11:46:40 PM PDT by eeman
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Have you looked at a drawing of Batman lately?

Not in detail. I did see a few comic-book pictures posted on the Batman threads on FR, but I didn't notice whether the character had lips.

37 posted on 07/27/2008 5:49:38 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. Support your local reptile vet!)
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To: Scotswife

He many have done something wrong. But I suspect that he was provoked by the selfishness of both of them. Some mom’s COUNT on that to manipulate their victim (Batman) into doing what she wants. Like give money to a whining sibling because in the mom’s eyes, the sister is the “better” child.

It is a no win situation for Batman. He loses either way, if this is an accurate scenario.


38 posted on 07/27/2008 8:09:34 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: Viking2002; LdSentinal
Except it turns out that what he actually did was yell at his mother and sister when they asked for $200,000, and got very upset when he said no. He may have brushed against his sister as he left the room, but that was the extent of any physical contact, and even that is suspect. Hard to be upset with a guy who ends up in the police station for yelling. Of course, that story doesn't sell many papers.
39 posted on 07/27/2008 9:41:57 AM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: Tax-chick
Typically, Batman is drawn (like most traditional male superheroes) with no lips and a straight line for a mouth, set on a square jaw.


40 posted on 07/27/2008 10:31:39 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bale is becoming one of my favorite actors. Anyone who hasn’t seen The Machinist yet, check it out. He made it before Batman begins, and he had to become emaciated for the role. And then he had to bulk back up for Batman. It’s pretty amazing.


41 posted on 07/27/2008 10:39:22 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Interesting, thanks!


42 posted on 07/27/2008 12:07:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. Support your local reptile vet!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

bttt


43 posted on 07/30/2008 2:13:49 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: mysterio

I hate to sound like a stalker, but I have seen all but 3 or 4 of his movies and I think he has been in 20 or 25 movies. You need to watch” Equilibrium”, “3:10 to Yuma” and “the Prestige” as well.


44 posted on 07/30/2008 7:08:33 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!!)
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To: brwnsuga

Haven’t seen Equilibrium, but I saw the other two. He does a pretty great job in whatever role he’s cast in.


45 posted on 07/30/2008 7:19:07 AM PDT by mysterio
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