Holy Screen Test! New Batman Cast

In the modern movies, D.C. Comics hero Bruce Wayne has been played by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Now another will don the mask and cape to become Batman for director Christopher Nolan (Memento) and Warner Bros. The studio announced that Christian Bale (American Psycho, Laurel Canyon) has been cast in the starring role.

Principal photography on Batman: Year One is expected to begin in early 2004. This installment will actually be a prequel that explores the beginnings of the Dark Knight’s career in crimefighting. The script was written by David Goyer and Nolan.

Nolan remarks, “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.” Before Nolan nabbed the job, a number of other directors’ names were attached to the project, including Pi and Requiem for a Dream helmer Darren Aronofsky.

Bale, who first drew critical attention for his starring role in Empire of the Sun, recently proved his superhero potential in director Kurt Wimmer’s superlative and grossly under-appreciated action fable, Equilibrium. He has also appeared in Little Women, The Portrait of a Lady and Metroland.