Christian Bale’s portrayal of the venerable DC Comics character Batman in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy from 2005 to 2012 ignited the spark that started our current obsession with superhero culture.
The Oscar-winning English actor is back, this time playing a villain in Chris Hemsworth’s fourth solo Thor adventure for Marvel.
The God of Thunder sets out on a journey of self-discovery in Thor: Love and Thunder that is unlike anything he has ever experienced.
But a killer from another galaxy known as Gorr the God Butcher, who wants to wipe out the gods, interferes with his efforts.
Thor enlists the aid of King Valkyrie, Korg, and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to defeat the threat. To Thor’s surprise, Jane Foster mysteriously wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, in the role of the Mighty Thor.
Together, they embark on a terrifying cosmic quest to unravel the truth behind the God Butcher’s retaliation and put an end to him before it’s too late.
Down Under excursion
Bale was fortunate to live close to a famous beach because the movie was filmed in Australia.
My family enjoys surfing, so we decided to move a little north of Sydney, where I primarily appeared in Home and Away. I think that’s where the entire thing was filmed, Bale said.
“I lived in Australian TV during the filming,” the actor said.
Did he ever imagine he would act in this kind of movie again, ten years after his last appearance?
Although I had no concrete plans to participate again and no one had ever asked me to, Bale admitted, “I didn’t really think about it.”
When Taika called and my kids told me, “Yeah, you’re doing that one,” I responded, “All right, Taika, I’m doing this one.” I really enjoyed Ragnarok and JoJo Rabbit.
Is it almost over?
When Chris Hemsworth eventually hangs up the hammer, he says he will miss playing the role of Thor.
Every time I felt it was my last chance, another one has presented itself. “It’s a funny sensation, you know,” Hemsworth added.
“I distinctly recall conversing with the cast while sitting on the Avengers press tour for End Game and thinking, “Oh my God, this is it. Are we ever going to see each other again? Will we still be friends?
Therefore, it now has such a nostalgic feel to it for me.
“I’m open to more inquiries, but I’m also grateful and content to sort of put this to rest.
If that’s the case, it has been a joy and a pleasure, indeed.
Now playing in theatres is Thor: Love and Thunder.