It was 10 years that The Dark Knight premiered in theaters nationwide, breaking all first-day and opening weekend box-office records at the time. (It earned $18.5 million from its midnight screenings alone.) The film continued the dark, introspective tone that director Christopher Nolan had introduced in Batman Begins, and once again featured Christian Bale as the brooding Caped Crusader (and, of course, alter-ego Bruce Wayne). Bale told us that he agreed 100% with Nolan’s vision for the character, and he wouldn’t want to play him any other way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christian Bale)

Of course, as has been the case throughout Batman’s history, some little changes are made from film to film. For Bale, the most significant difference between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight came from the wardrobe department — he says the Bat-Suit for “The Dark Knight” was much, much better than the first one he wore. (Click on the media bar below to hear Christian Bale)

Just as Bale won accolades for his portrayal of his darker Batman, the late Heath Ledger was praised for the way he played Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. In fact, Ledger posthumously won an Oscar for the role. Bale recalls working with Ledger and how the two of them made a conscious effort to avoid the campy, “wink to the camera” approach that had been used in previous incarnations of “Batman.” (Click on the media bar below to hear Christian Bale)


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