11:22am PT by Graeme McMillan
The Dark Knight Disgruntled: Christian Bale Wasn't Happy With His Batman
If your takeaway from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was that the Joker was far more compelling than Batman, you're not alone. In fact, it turns out that the Dark Knight himself agrees with you.
"Heath [Ledger] turned up and just kind of completely ruined all my plans," Christian Bale told Yahoo Movies. "I went, 'He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing.' "
The actor said that he had a specific sense of who Batman was and how he related to Bruce Wayne. "Batman, he's just this very, very, very dark, messed-up character," said Bale. "I found when I put on the [Batman] suit, I felt like, ‘I just feel like a bloody idiot if I don’t use this as a means of — it’s kind of his true monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.' "
Bale admitted that the problem wasn't the strength of Ledger's performance, but rather his dissatisfaction with his own. "I didn't quite manage what I hoped I would throughout the trilogy," he said. "Chris [Nolan] did, but my own sense of self is like, 'I didn't quite nail it.' "
Despite that, Bale isn't looking for a surprise return to the role. "That's enough, enough's enough, you know?" he said. "We did our thing. I've got nothing else to offer." It's a good thing, too; Ben Affleck's era as the big-screen Batman begins in this month's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters March 25.