Christian Bale talks The Dark Knight Rises

"It's time for Bruce to face the pain"

Christian Bale has been talking about where the final chapter of Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy will take the character of Bruce Wayne, and from the sounds of it, he’ll be going to some very dark places indeed.

“How long will you let the pain and loss define your life?” was the question Bale posed to his fictional alter-ego when talking to Aceshowbiz. “Walking around chasing bad guys is very heroic and attracts attention, but at the end it all accounts for a means to deal with the pain of a huge loss.”

“We agreed that Bruce Wayne is absolutely sincere as Bruce Wayne,” he continues, “and as Batman utterly sincere but Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a pure façade. It's a lie he has, somehow, to control one side of [his] soul that's not really under control. In fact, only Alfred knows who he is. It's time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain that has always stirred his life.”

Sounds pretty epic to us. Bale’s musings come in the wake of a rash of new info on The Dark Knight Rises, with Chris Nolan having officially confirmed that the story will take place eight years after the events depicted in The Dark Knight. The film’s set-up will find Batman in a grim place mentally, before he is pushed to his physical limits by the arrival of the monstrous Bane.

Meanwhile, Bale is gradually making his peace with the fact that this will be his last outing in the famous black suit. “It's like saying goodbye to an old friend," he admits. "When you have the opportunity to be a character so many times, you develop another relationship with him, a more profound one.”

And as for The Dark Knight Rises, he describes the experience as one of the richest so far. “Shooting in seven different locations chosen by Nolan was a pleasure. It's really a privilege to work [on], especially with the extraordinary troupe of actors, who always manage to meet Chris's expectations.”

The Dark Knight Rises arrives in UK cinemas on 20 July 2012. We’re not sure we could be any more excited…

Just how ready are you for this one to swoop into cinemas? Let us know, below.


    • demmike

      Nov 22nd 2011, 11:34

      I have a canoe in my shorts

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 22nd 2011, 11:50

      What @demmike said.

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    • gonzoBen

      Nov 22nd 2011, 12:28

      What @MikeyRix said.

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    • FBSSmith

      Nov 22nd 2011, 12:36

      What @gonzoBen said.

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    • sashurst

      Nov 22nd 2011, 12:44

      What @FBSSmith said.

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    • demmike

      Nov 22nd 2011, 13:06

      You are all my children now

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 22nd 2011, 17:18

      I feel so left out :(

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 22nd 2011, 18:42

      Are they making a new Batman film?...:-)

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    • SiMan

      Nov 22nd 2011, 19:55

      Hmm, Nolan setting the film 8 years after TDK...wonder what the reasoning behind that is going to be? A lot of stuff surely will have happened in Gotham over an eight year period. Seems slightly odd to make that big a jump.....unless; Talia Al Ghul is in it, Liam Neeson's rumored cameo (I reckon it'll be a flashback)...wonder if Nolan will use the 'Batman & Son' storyline?

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    • FBLKing38

      Nov 24th 2011, 1:11

      I am sure it will be a superb feature. Now I have to decide to go see it with the huge masses when it first opens, or wait until all the hoopla dies down so I can see it with a laid back movie audience.

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    • willow138

      Nov 24th 2011, 6:06

      @SiMan i want Talia to be in this but from what I read i doubt it will happen. I do think it is a good idea t o set it a while after the second one as it will add depth to the story. In the trailer we already see Gordon upset that Bats hasnt been there lately. so i feel the time past with add more than it will take to this story

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    • SiMan

      Nov 24th 2011, 21:04

      @Willow138 - Good point about Gordon, would be interesting to see what would happen if the Bats hadn't been around for a while, but surely ending the Dark Knight with everyone basically going to be turning against him (the police, the public), surely it would make more sense to set the next movie not too long after that one? Also - i thought Marion Cottilard had been cast as Talia?

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    • callumoakabywright

      Nov 25th 2011, 11:37

      I just turned 12 when Batman Begins came out, and will have just turned 19 when The Dark Knight Rises comes out, safe to say this trilogy is the defining trilogy for my teen years. It's gonna be amazing.

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    • FBHSandhu

      Nov 26th 2011, 22:56

      I cannot wait for this. I think batman may get paralysed or die in the end. Which means a new batman trilogy could be on the cards with a new team of directors and producers would be brilliant. But who would be a brilliant future batman? that is the question for 2012 onwards.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 27th 2011, 22:11

      I really hope they leave it a few years, and when they do make another film don't make it an origins story.

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