OFFICIAL: CHRISTIAN BALE IS BATMAN!!

Warner Bros. Pictures has provided Superhero Hype! with the official press release announcing the casting of Christian Bale as the next Batman!

CHRISTIAN BALE CAST AS BRUCE WAYNE IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ UPCOMING BATMAN MOVIE DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

BURBANK, CA, 11 September 2003 – Christian Bale has been cast in the starring role of Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Batman movie, to be directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Emma Thomas. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of production for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Principal photography on the film is expected to begin in early 2004. The movie is written by David Goyer and Nolan, and will follow the early career of The Dark Knight.

Said Nolan, “What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for.”

Robinov stated, “Now that we’ve found the best person to play Batman, we are really looking forward to moving ahead with the rest of our casting, and are excited about the exceptional group we are assembling.”

Bale, who first drew critical attention for his starring role in “Empire of the Sun,” has starred in such diverse motion pictures as “Little Women,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Metroland,” “American Psycho” and “Laurel Canyon.”

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Meanwhile, Ain’t-It-Cool-News is reporting that Ra’s Al Ghul will definitely be the villain in the film, though there may be a small part to be be played by the Scarecrow. Also the film will have a good deal to do with London this time out, says the site.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures