Christopher Nolan Covered Christian Bale's Blind Spots During The Dark Knight Trilogy

The "Dark Knight" trilogy is one of the most critically acclaimed pieces of superhero cinema. In a sea of actors who have previously donned the cape, Christian Bale's Batman stands out for his compelling portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting vigilante self. He's the most-loved Batman there is, too; Bale had a trilogy of films to work with that set up the character's origin story and explored what it would look like to age underneath the cowl. While it's exciting to see Batman battling it out with criminals, Bruce Wayne's vulnerability is also allowed to shine. And if it weren't for Christopher Nolan's steady hand and distinct vision for the caped crusader's three-part story, the trilogy wouldn't have turned out as it did.

The Batman is a fascinating character, but it's not the easiest to portray on the big screen. Bale sometimes had a blind spot during filming; naturally, he was unsure about certain things, but Nolan was incredibly confident about what he wanted. There was no trying out a scene three different ways — it was always the Nolan way.

How Christopher Nolan represented the film's audience

During a 2012 interview with Collider, Christian Bale talked about how director Christopher Nolan represented the audience for the "Dark Knight" trilogy. The revered filmmaker was great at gauging what comic book fans were looking for and gave Bale instructions that ensured he delivered what was needed. It is rare for the conclusion of a trilogy to produce a satisfying sendoff, but Nolan was "remarkably confident" in his concept for the concluding film. It was a challenge he took seriously.

"I have no clue what the audience is going to think about the movie," said Bale at the time. The actor was grateful to work with Nolan, whose razor-sharp focus and clear vision were a big help. He continued:

"Thank god I got someone like Chris who is really great at gauging that. He represents the audience for us on the set. So for me, I love the character so much that you'd get a very bizarre Batman movie. People would go, 'What the hell? Why are we delving so much into his psyche?'"

Christopher Nolan's remarkable confidence was inspiring to all

Christopher Nolan was so heavily inspired by the audience of the film that he knew when things were getting too tedious and when viewers would lose interest. So the filmmaker went with his instincts. Christian Bale often asked if they could try a different variation of his performance in a scene, but Nolan's answer was always no. He knew what he wanted, and that's what he got. Bale continued to Collider:

"He is a fascinating character and then Chris just has to tell me the points when it gets tedious and boring and doesn't want to see what I'm doing. It's great having someone at the helm who's ... remarkably confident at going with his gut and not desiring any safety net or anything to fall back on. There are a number of times when I say to him: 'Are you sure you don't want me to do a few other variants? I can do this one, and what if later down track you choose to change this part of the story, in that case we need to change the domino effect. If you want I can give you three or four different ways you can play it.' He's like: 'No, no I know what I want.' That's exactly the thing that I need, he's very firm with it."

Christian Bale knew it was time to end the story

Christian Bale articulated his admiration for Batman and the kind of story that unraveled what it was like to see a superhero grow older. In the "Dark Knight" trilogy, we see Bruce age and come to terms with how he cannot do the things he used to. In the same way, Bale had to accept it was time for the films to end because he trusted Nolan to wrap it up in the best way the story could conclude. He continued:

"It is a fascinating character. In honesty, there are probably a lot of stories that can be told with Batman. I like the idea of him growing older and he can't quite do it as much anymore. But I kind of feel, you have to leave when the going is good and this is when Chris wants to wrap it up. And it's the right time."

"The Dark Knight Rises" was released in 2012 to terrific critical acclaim and praise from fans. The caped crusader has since been explored in various storylines through the DC Extended Universe, with Ben Affleck sporting the cowl, to Matt Reeves' rain-soaked version of Gotham, where Robert Pattinson portrays the superhero in his formative years. They're both great stories depending on what kind of fan you are, but Bale's interpretation will always be close to every fan's heart.