Dark Knight, American Psycho, more: Christian Bale's career in pictures
Published Jul 11 2012, 12:17 BST | By Emma Dibdin
With the long, long, long-awaited release of The Dark Knight Rises
finally drawing near, Christian Bale
will be stepping back into the cowl and cape for the third, although not necessarily final
Bale's been relatively quiet over the past couple of years, starring in only one feature since 2009 – although that feature, David O Russell's The Fighter
, did also happen to net him his first Oscar
But Batman aside, Bale's now got a packed couple of years ahead, reuniting first with director Terrence Malick on a pair of back-to-back dramas
opposite Natalie Portman, and then with O Russell on American Bulls**t
To celebrate Bale's strong slate of upcoming projects, Digital Spy
casts a photographic eye over some of his most significant roles.
Empire of the Sun
At age 13, Bale made his breakthrough in Steven Spielberg's coming-of-age war film, playing a newly orphaned boy who's imprisoned in a Japanese camp during World War II. His performance was widely praised and even inspired the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures to create a new award Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor specifically to honour him.