A tale I heard
Christian Bale on playing Batman:
"I didn’t quite manage what I hoped I would through the trilogy. Chris[topher Nolan, director] did, but my own sense of self is like, ‘I didn’t quite nail it.’
"Batman, he’s this very, very dark, messed-up character. I found when I put on the suit I went, ‘I just feel like a bloody idiot if I don’t use this as a means to show his true, monstrous self that he allows to come out in that moment.’
"Then Heath turned up as the Joker and just kind of completely ruined all my plans, because I went, ‘He’s so much more interesting than me and what I’m doing.’"