Christian Bale is an enigma. He holds in himself the effortless ability to seamlessly adapt to the various character roles he is assigned to, ranging from being a psychotic murderer to a magician, from a maniac to a sleepless worker. All in all, Bale is a creative force to reckon with.
With hordes of incredible performances that stand testimony to his prolific acting skills, various awards and accolades, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, have validated his acting prowess.
Having debuted at the tender age of ten, his role in Empire of the Sun made him a household name. After appearing in several films, including Little Women, The Portrait of a Lady, Swing Kids, A Midsummer’s Night Dream etc., he gained worldwide acclaim and appreciation with his legendary role as a psychotic billionaire in Mary Harron’s American Psycho.
Bale will soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix thriller, The Pale Blue Eye, alongside Robert Duvall, Gillian Anderson, Harry Melling, and others. Bale has become synonymous with the dark and brooding caped crusader and the nocturnal vigilante of Gotham City, Batman, after having played the same role in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.
While many of his films are now streaming on Netflix, including The Machinist, The Prestige, Batman Begins, American Psycho etc., one particular film has shot up to the Top 10 charts in Netflix US and has been dominating the charts ever since.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the 2008 film, The Dark Knight is set during a timeline that occurs precisely a year after the events of Batman Begins.
The film sees Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, working with James Gordon and Harvey Dent to protect Gotham City against organised crime. However, the arrival of a psychopathic, sadistic and deranged criminal mastermind, The Joker, disrupts their plans. As the Joker begins wreaking havoc on Gotham City, his rivalry with Batman far exceeds the personal, leading to an epic emotional turmoil for the broken superhero.
One of the finest films ever made in the history of superhero flicks, the film stars Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, among others in prominent roles.
The phenomenal portrayal of the Joker led Ledger to win an Academy Award after his tragic demise posthumously. Bale’s quiet brilliance helped add to the overall moodiness of the film against the backdrop of a burgeoning love triangle among Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes, as the crazy Joker put Gotham on flame.
Watch this brilliant classic on Netflix now!