Before Christian Bale was arrested in London today, he spoke to MTV Movies about Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, and his role in it as John Connor. While his personal life is taking a bit of a mauling, his professional career has never looked better, with the lead role in the stupendously well-performing The Dark Knight, and the Terminator film still to come.
Bale has been rightly hailed as the man responsible for restarting the Batman franchise, a franchise which had become a little stale, and more comedy than drama in recent years. Bale’s portrayal of Batman as a moody, but well-meaning hero, helped make Batman Begins, and then The Dark Knight a completely different animal.
Next, he’s set to attempt to kickstart another huge franchise, which some (including me) would say has fallen in to a bit of a state of late. He said:
“It will be in a similar fashion to the way that ‘Batman Begins’ revitalized and reinvented,”
“I see there is great potential for reinvention and revitalization of the mythology of it. And that’s what I’m aiming to do. That’s what I feel like our responsibility is; otherwise there is no point in making it.”
“In ‘Terminator’ we are continuing a mythology. We don’t ignore a mythology, [similar to what] we did with Batman.”
So it seems there are certainly parallels to be made between the new Batman films, and the new Terminator films, with Bale as the key linking them together. I kind of think they should have left Terminator where it was after the second film, but then, if they’d taken that advice with Batman, I wouldn’t have the majesty that is The Dark Knight to go and see this week.