Christian Bale admits he still hasn’t seen The Batman

Christian Bale has nothing but kind words for Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader – though he has yet to see The Batman.

Of all the actors taking Batmantle to the big screen, Bale is certainly among the most iconic, if not the best. His trilogy is almost untouchable, whether it’s the gothic flair of Batman Begins, which confronts cinema’s greatest villain of all time in The Dark Knight, or the epic spectacle of The Dark Knight Rises.

For many, especially those who grew up watching Christopher Nolan’s films, Bale will always be the Batman to beat. However, others have pulled the hood on with great success: while his films weren’t great overall, Ben Affleck was an absolute brute; and earlier this year, Pattinson proved his naysayers wrong.

Back when he was first cast, Bale reiterated the correct observations: Pattinson is a great choice to play Batman, especially given his work with the Safdie Brothers on Good Time. But with everything else that’s going on, like joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bale hasn’t seen his successor in action.

Christian Bale as Batman
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Christian Bale played Batman in three films.

Christian Bale still hasn’t seen Robert Pattinson’s The Batman

The Batman had to overcome certain obstacles: it was rated 15 in the UK, meaning younger teenagers and children couldn’t see it in cinemas; and it was almost three hours long, a tough task for your modern moviegoer and the bubble-scared among us.

But the film ended up grossing more than $770 million worldwide, with critical acclaim for its immense cinematography, Matt Reeves’ direction and Pattinson’s performance.

While attending the premiere of Thor: Love and Thunder, in which Bale plays the villainous Gorr the God Butcher, Variety asked him what he thought of The Batman. “I haven’t seen it yet, I’ll see it,” he replied.

“Listen mate, it’s amazing how few movies I see. Every director that I work with, I’ve seen a few films and they always look at me and say, ‘Are you kidding?’ I really enjoy movies and I don’t want too many. But I definitely will. Robert is an absolutely wonderful actor… and I hear wonderful things.”

Christian Bale’s advice to Robert Pattinson before playing Batman

Before Pattinson faced Batman, Bale said they “clashed [and] talked about it a little beforehand.”

Robert Pattinson as Batman
Warner Bros.

Robert Pattinson starred in The Batman earlier this year.

During a previous appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pattinson explained, “I was a little afraid to ask [former Batmen] everything, but I came across Christian Bale. [I was] next to him in a urinal and I guess it kind of inspired him to say, ‘The first thing you have to do in a Batsuit is find a way to pee.'”

Of all the advice, the possibility of relieving yourself in the suit grabbed the most headlines, but Bale said they also talked about “lots of other things”.

The Batman is now available to stream on HBO Max. Christian Bale admits he still hasn’t seen The Batman

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