Everyone loves Heath Ledger’s scene-stealing interpretation as Batman’s arch-enemy the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), and no one was more impressed than the star of the movie. Christian Bale was left feeling inadequate while filming the super hero adventure because he saw Ledger take it to a whole new level and he was disappointed in himself for not fully capturing his character, the way he saw Ledger doing so well with the Joker. Ledger won a posthumous best supporting actor Oscar for his work as the Joker.
During an interview with Yahoo!Movies, Bale—who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter (2010)—described how watching Ledger on the set made him realize that he missed the mark at trying to capture Batman’s damaged but brilliant mind.
Bale, who was promoting Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, where he portrays a Los Angeles screenwriter experiencing a personal crisis when his marriage breaks up, said, “Heath turned up, and just kind of completely ruined all my plans, because I went, ‘He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing’.” He also adds, “I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would through the trilogy. Heath did, but my own self of self is like, “I didn’t quite nail it’.”
The Wales born actor talked about how he tried to embrace the fractured mind of the hero. “Batman, he’s this very, very dark, messed-up character. I found when I put on the suit I went, ‘I just feel like a bloody idiot’ if I don’t use this as a means to his true, monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.”
He also spoke briefly about how he felt when it was announced that Ben Affleck was officially hired as the new Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which opens on March 25th.) He said he sat “staring into nothing” for a half hour, facing the fact that he was finally done with the role. Ultimately he decided, “It’s done. I have nothing else to give it”.