Between the 8 and the Batman & RobinFlop and Christopher Nolan‘s Batman BeginsA long list of noteworthys includes reboot Joshua Jackson, Eion Bailey, Hugh Dancy,Billy Crudup, Cillian Murphy, Henry CavillAnd Jake Gyllenhaal, auditioned for the role, but Nolan found his guy in Bale.

Treating his rich character arc across the 2005 to 2012 trilogy with as much deference as his other Oscar nominated work, the actor’s gravelly-voiced, complex, grittier turn as the Dark Knight paved the way for the more realistic superhero fare that would follow. (Frankly speaking, he was able to hold his own against Heath LedgerThe genius Joker of ’tis might suffice to win the title. 

Bale stated that “We knew it had to be reinvented.” Toronto SunIn 2019. When I said we were creating a new Batman, people laughed at me. Chris’ take was the key to it working. Perhaps, most importantly, he knew when to hang up the cowl. Feeling satisfied with the opportunity to complete the full trio of films, he and Nolan balked when talk of a fourth cropped up: “I said, ‘No. It is important to keep Chris’s dream alive, which was to make a trilogy. We shouldn’t go too far or indulge in a fourth.