Christian Bale Using His Superhero Currency Smartly

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Christian Bale Using His Superhero Currency Smartly
The press conference announcement in Beijing by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou that Christian Bale will star in his Chinese period film The 13 Flowers of Nanjing is the latest piece of evidence that Bale uses his signature role as Batman as a beachhead that allows him to stretch, better than any actor who has inhabited a superhero movie role (with the possible exception of his The Prestige costar Hugh Jackman). I always felt that Michael Keaton could have better exploited his Batman perch as a way to enable  good projects, but he seemed uncomfortable being defined by the role and left after two films. Keaton shows up now and then and delivers the occasional strong performance, but any ability to get movies made just by his presence vanished after his exit. Val Kilmer never got the chance to exploit the perch after replacing Keaton for one appearance in 1995's Batman Forever,
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