When Christian Bale was tabbed for the role of Batman for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, I was cautiously optimistic. I knew him best from American Psycho and Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, in which Bale was 13. American Psycho wasn't my type of movie, but Bale clearly had acting chops. Batman Begins was one of the great superhero movies of all time, and since then Bale has starred in one fantastic movie after another. The Prestige and 3:10 to Yuma in particular were as good as anything released the last two years. And I'm chomping at the bit for The Dark Knight.
His next three movies: Public Enemies, about John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and other OGs; Killing Pablo, starring Javier Bardem as Pablo Escobar; and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, a possible second trilogy for which he recently landed the role of John Connor. Bale lends instant credibility to the revitalized franchise, which hopefully can avoid comparisons to the Star Wars prequels.