Christian Bale hasn’t seen Robert Pattinson in ‘The Batman’ yet because his kids haven’t watched it yet

When it comes to acting in movies, Christian Bale averages about 1.5 films a year. He might watch even less of them.

The Oscar-winning Welsh actor’s (dis)interest in consuming the things he makes for a living has been well-documented in these parts, including his possibly tongue-in-cheek admission that of the movies he has seen, it’s the 1997 Chris Farley martial arts comedy Beverly Hills Ninja that would rank as his all-time favorite.

So it’s no wonder that Bale, who so memorably played Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), hasn’t yet viewed Robert Pattinson’s buzzed-about turn as the Caped Crusader in March’s box office hit The Batman – despite previously giving his fellow UK native’s casting a nod of approval.

Video Transcript

- I have to ask because I know you gave him the nod initially, did you get to see what Robert Pattinson did in "The Batman"?

CHRISTIAN BALE: I haven't seen it yet, no. No disrespect. I actually think Robert is one of the finest actors around, and I will get to see it. I do not watch many films.

- Right.

CHRISTIAN BALE: I also have kids, and when I do start to watch films, usually I get 15 minutes in and then I've got to stop and go do something else. So when they get around to watching it, I will definitely get to watch it. But I-- I think the world of him. I think he's absolutely magnificent.

- That's the life of a dad. You don't watch many films besides "Beverly Hills Ninja", which you've--

CHRISTIAN BALE: There you go, yes. Even that though, I haven't gotten to watch for years.