Christian Bale on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’: ‘Batman is a very sad, lonely individual’

Actor says caped crusader is 'not a healthy supherhero'

Christian Bale has revealed that Batman will be a “very sad, lonely individual” in The Dark Knight Rises.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, via Entertainmentwise, Bale – who will play the caped crusader and his billionaire alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, for the third and final time in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming Batman threequel – said that the masked vigilante was “not a healthy superhero”.

“He’s filled with remorse, he’s become a recluse, he’s given up and completely quit,” he said, before adding:

He’s in very poor health physically and mentally. He is not a healthy superhero. He has multiple-personality disorder and is a very sad, lonely individual.

Speaking further about the character he has portrayed since 2005’s Batman Begins, he went on to say: “He has the public persona of the playboy and the character of Batman is the personification of his rage and sense of injustice.

“He’s almost a villain and takes it to the edge, where he can do no wrong, but he has this altruism holding him back from doing that,” he added. “The reason he dresses in the Batman suit is that he feels monstrous, so he creates a monster to represent that rage and keep it away from his own personal life.”

The Dark Knight Rises opens in the US and the UK on July 20. The film, which also stars Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane, was recently awarded a 12A rating by the BBFC for “moderate violence”.

Reviews of the movie are currently under embargo, but early reactions have been positive, with reports earlier this week claiming that the film won a standing ovation at a preview screening in the US. You can watch two official clips from The Dark Knight Rises by clicking below.