Christian Bale‘s active dislike of his uncomfortable Batman outfit helped his performance as the Dark Knight as he was perpetually in a foul mood when wearing it. The first day of filming that he tried on the Batsuit, he stayed in it all day in an effort to get used to it. A quote from him that some of the crew had on the back of their t-shirts (the wardrobe department did it as a joke) said: “It’s hot, dark and sweaty and it gives me a headache.” He lost his voice three times during filming after altering his voice while playing Batman.
Bale revealed in interviews in 2009 that in his first ever scene with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (one involving Bale waking up in bed to find them waiting there), he fell asleep after getting ready for the scene. Bale described waking up to find Michael Caine poking him in the ribs, saying “Look at that! He’s bloody fallen asleep”. Although he performed many of his own stunts, Bale wasn’t allowed anywhere near the Batmobile. Christian Bale’s trailer didn’t have his name on the door but said “Bruce Wayne” instead.
Before the shooting began, Christopher Nolan invited the whole film crew to a private screening of Blade Runner (1982). After the film he said to the whole crew, “This is how we’re going to make “Batman”.” In turn, “Batman Begins” inspired James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccolli to reboot the James Bond franchise and reinventing the character of British secret agent James Bond and making him much darker and more realistic.
The 2006 Forbes Fictional 15 ranks Bruce Wayne as the 7th richest fictional character with a net worth of approximately $6.8 billion. At the time of this film’s release, Forbes Magazine did a breakdown of how much it would actually cost to become Batman. The magazine estimated that total expenses in US dollars would be around $3.5 million. Surprisingly, “Batman” is said only 10 times throughout the film.
India has had some very fascinating animators. One of the pioneers was Ishu Patel, a National Institute of Design (NID) faculty trainee, who, during his time there met and worked with luminaries from the art world like Armin Hoffman, Bob Gill, Adrian Frutiger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Charles and Ray Eames, Leo Lionni, and Gulio Gianini. Through a Ford Foundation Grant provided to the NID, Ishu Patel finished his post graduate studies in Graphic Design under Armin Hoffman at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. He returned to the NID, where he taught and became Head of Visual Communications.
A Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship brought Ishu Patel to the National Film Board of Canada to study animation filmmaking for a year, and in 1972 he joined the NFBC. For twenty-five years under the NFBC mandate, Ishu Patel produced and directed personal animated films and mentored young filmmakers. His many international awards include the British Academy Award, two Oscar nominations, the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Grand Prix at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival. He is particularly known for his 1977 film The Bead Game which was nominated for an Academy Award.
The Bead Game is a stop-motion animation film that covers the billions of years of evolution in five and a half minutes, brilliantly done to the wonderful percussion on the tabla in Indian classical style. As the creatures evolve and become more complex and supposedly more intelligent than the previous breeds, their destructive tendencies continue to dominate their characteristics. Ishu Patel launches himself into a history from single-celled microorganisms to sea creatures to apes to Greek warriors to the atomic bomb, all doomed to destroy the other.
Bernardo Bertolucci (1940 – present)
Italian film director and screenwriter
Presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011
Films of note: The Conformist (1970), Last Tango in Paris (1972), 1900 (1976), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), The Dreamers (2003)