Christian Bale on Suiting Up for Batman

The star of the upcoming Batman Begins is talking about the old cape and cowl. Plus, sequel talk...
Warning: Spoilers

Christian Bale is talking about the Bat-suit he wears in Batman Begins, now shooting for a summer 2005 release.

"It’s pretty mobile, yeah. I could do everything I had to do in the movie," he told IESB. "I believe it’s Neoprene...[The fitting process was] very extensive, very laborious but ending up with it fitting absolutely perfectly,” Bale said. “There’s a whole team of people whose job it is just to make sure that it is looking right and working right and there’s a conveyor belt process of creating these suits. It’s very involved and it has progressed since the first movie".

He also said this about the Batmobile: "I think they did a really wonderful job with it. I'm quite in awe of the men who engineered and designed the whole thing because I'm not really good at any of that kind of thing," he told Latino Review. "And they created actually a one of a kind car that can actually genuinely do all of the things in the movie. That was very much the aim of everybody on the set, that we wanted to use as little CGI or models as possible".

There'll be several Batmobiles: "They all do different things. There are a number of different ones, but they all do everything that you see it do in the movie".

Regarding batarangs and other such bat-gadgets: "We have the introduction of how he acquires all of these. We're very much interested in looking into the hows Bruce Wayne manages to acquire everything. And I guess there's a grappling gun which is the kind of most commonly used one. That was the one I actually had in hand each and every day."

Regarding the sequel already being planned, Batman on Film says that director Chris Nolan has rights of first refusal to do the second film as well as the first. Also, an obvious villain for the sequel might not appear in next summer's film, but might be one from the original Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher run of films (Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, Poison Ivy or Mr. Freeze). "They may want to build up to his appearance over the first two films - have him in the finale," says the Web site's source.

Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred and Jim Gordon will return. Morgan Freeman will probably come back as Lucius Fox, head of Wayne Enterprises.

Writer David Goyer is likely to be tapped again for the sequel. Some time will have passed between the two movies, allowing the Batman to be more established in Gotham.
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10/5/2004
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