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The New Resident of the Batcave:
Christian Bale To Wear The Cowl

Can you see him as The Dark Knight?
Director Christopher Nolan can.

Christopher Nolan (Insomnia) directing.

David Goyer (Blade, JSA) writing.

And now...we have our Bruce Wayne.

According to a Warner Brothers announcement today, British actor Christian Bale (American Psycho, Reign of Fire) has been cast in the next Batman film, which will either take place before the others in the series, or let's be honest, simply ignore those that came before.

It's a whole new franchise, with a fresh start, a slightly younger take on Batman than the earlier films, and really, an excellent choice.

While rumors of Joshua Jackson and Ashton Kutcher had me ready to vomit, Bale seemed a dark horse candidate (in studio-think).

Thankfully, Warner Brothers seems eager to follow the model set by Avi Arad and Marvel Studios, by actually finding the right guy for the role and letting the material be the selling point. It helps that they're trusting a director other than Joel Schumacher, too.

"What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne," Nolan commented in the official press release. "He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for."

Filming is scheduled to begin early next year after, of course, the rest of the cast is in place.

If I could do backflips, I actually might over this one.

Derek McCaw

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