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Old 12-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #798
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Default Re: Characterization of the Knight - Nolan and Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman - Part 2

New interview:

Christian Bale: Batman is a channelling of Bruce Wayneís rage

Is Batman a hero or vigilante?

A bit of both. Heís only needed because the system has failed. You want to believe citizens would stand up and fight for justice in that position. Ideally, Batman becomes obsolete and thatís what Bruce Wayne is looking for. But heís a multifaceted character, which is what I enjoy about this portrayal. The Dark Knight sums him up Ė this guy has a desire to do good but he also has a great deal of violence, anger and a lust for revenge. So thereís always that question mark: is he going to cross the line?

Whatís the difference between Bruce and Batman?

Batman is just an extension of one of Bruceís characters. Bruce is somebody with multiple personalities. Youíve got the private, lonely, sad, child-like Bruce, who has never moved on from seeing his parents killed. Youíve got the playboy Bruce, who is there just as a performance. And Batman is a sincere channelling of his rage, his sense of injustice and wanting to be useful. So Iíve never seen him as being separate because thatís how you have to understand why somebody would run around in a silly suit like this.

Was it hard for you and Tom Hardy [Bane] to execute your fight scenes in costume?

Yeah. Well, just on a basic level it was tricky. Sometimes Tom couldnít hear what I was saying and I couldnít hear what he was saying. We worked out a kind of sign language before weíd go at each other. But these were meant to be far more brutal, raw, visceral fight sequences than weíd seen before, because Bane has arrived when Batman/Bruce Wayne is at a very low point.

Did you feel a good screen chemistry with Michael Caine?

It worked really nicely. Michael did a great job with Alfred. He is Bruceís surrogate father and butler. It is a weird relationship to navigate. Alfred is the gateway to try to find something likeable about Bruce Wayne, to see the lonely child inside this apparently very successful man.

Batman is motivated by a desire to fight crime. Do you have any similar instincts?

I think itís a damn shame if weíre in a society where people donít try to do that kind of thing. While Iíve never truly been tested, Iíd be hideously disappointed with myself if I didnít step up to the plate in situations like that. Clearly, Batman is doing it in a very extreme fashion and heís suffering for it. Heís hanging on to pain but heís turning it into something that gives him a sense of purpose. At heart, I think, probably everybody has that desire and would like to answer that question of whether, if push came to shove, they would be able to rise to the occasion.

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