Speaking with MTV on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of The Fighter last night, Christian Bale gushed his excitement at the prospect of getting to work with actor Tom Hardy in the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. As you may know, Hardy as been reportedly cast as Batman villain Hugo Strange in the upcoming film … and Bale is gettin’ all amped to face this new foe in head-to-head combat in the film:
“I liked him in ‘Inception’ and I did see ‘Bronson’ as well,” said Christian Bale — Bruce Wayne/Batman himself — in a recent interview with MTV News. “He seems like he’s a balls-out actor.” When we asked Bale if he was looking forward to Hardy as an opponent, he answered, “Yeah, sounds good.” Did Bale confirm that Hardy will in fact be a villain in “The Dark Knight Rises”? Did the “opponent” part of our question breeze right by Bale? While Bale left the door slightly open to returning for a fourth “Batman” flick, he seemed fairly convinced that “The Dark Knight Rises” will be his and Nolan’s final installment in the DC Comics franchise. “I think so. That’s up to Chris,” he said. “That was always what the discussion was. But you know, if Chris says, ‘I see another story here,’ then we’ll be up for it. But in my mind, I’m expecting this will be it.” Of course, there’s always the fanciful hope that Bale and Nolan will reunite a few decades from now for an adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns,” which tells the story of a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne who comes out of retirement to become the Caped Crusader once again. “That maybe would not be bad,” Bale laughed of the idea. “Maybe in 20 years time, but you need that break.”
I’m prolly just as excited if not MORE excited by the prospect of these two fine hunks of beef going at it together in the new Batman film. I’m not sure if there is room in Christopher Nolan’s script for any shirtless wrestling BALLS-OUT scenes between Bale and Hardy but … MMMMMM … wouldn’t that be nice?