Not everything is sunshine and rainbows in Gotham.
Okay, we already knew that, but recent news of some pretty bad on-set drama has sparked discussion over former Dark Knight Christian Bale, and his Terminator: Salvation director, McG. In fact, it kind of seems like every single man to don the cape and cowl has had Hollywood drama, though these things are to be expected when under the pressure of massive productions such as these. Here are a few of the grimy ones:
Christian Bale Refuses to Work with McG again
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bale lamented over his decision to take on the infamous movie, and problems he had on set with the overambitious young director.
AG: I read that when you first sat down with the director of that film, McG, you told him that nothing you’d seen in his filmography suggested that he had what it takes to do that movie.
AG: That’s brutal. Directors have egos.
CB: Ah, yes. Yeah. But he goes, “Give me a chance. Everyone needs to evolve, and I need to turn over a new leaf. And please, you must’ve been in this position before yourself, when someone has taken a leap of faith on you,”— which I have—“please do that for me now; I promise you, I’m ready for it.”
AG: So what do you think, having given him a chance?
CB: (Pause) There’s a lot of room for many approaches and many characters within the film industry. I won’t be working with him again, but I wish him very well. Okay?
Yeowch! That was a pretty open and shut case. This, of course, isn't the very first time a Bat-actor's had beef with someone.
Val Kilmer Got Physical (Physical)
Setting the horrible song pun aside, working with Val Kilmer on Batman Forever wasn't really a walk in the park according to Joel Schumacher.
He was being irrational and ballistic with the first assistant director, the cameraman, the costume people ... He was rude and inappropriate. He was childish and impossible. I was forced to tell him that this would not be tolerated for one more second. Then we had two weeks where he did not speak to me but it was bliss!
Kilmer's portrayal of Bruce Wayne (not Batman) was one of my favorites, but this beef has been pretty widely known for a while, so my heart has had tons of time to get over it.
George Clooney Defends the Extras
Another fairly high-profile match of fisticuffs raised on the set of Three Kings, when director David O. Russell berated several of the extras. George Clooney saw this happening, and was so upset at the act that he jumped in to physically defend the extras. The fight was so bad that, in an interview sometime later, Russel said: "I wouldn't make another George Clooney movie if they paid me $20 million."
I dunno', Davey, I don't think those extras would work with you for that price either.
Michael Keaton Couldn't Finish the Nolan Trilogy
While this has been interpreted as throwing shade, it kind of just seems like Keaton was being honest about his experiences with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The star of [Birdman](movie:780317) had this to say, when asked about the recent take on the Caped Crusader:
“Chris Nolan is great, but I’ve never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know they’re good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies... Once you get in those suits, they really know what to do with you. It was hard then; it ain’t that hard now.”
In this same interview, he expressed real positivity toward Ben Affleck as Batman, and generally wasn't a big jerk about anything. Everyone's got their favorite kinds of movies, so it's not really something you can fault the guy on.
Adam West Hates... Baseball Cards
Surely one of the first men to don the cowl would have had some on-set drama, but the reports I've found about the great Adam West on set have been nothing but hilarious so far. It seems like the actor is one of the few kids at the Bat-table who doesn't hold a grudge. In fact, there only seems to be one things he hates:
Regardless of all this drama, many of these actors went on to do great things, and the directors they dislike are still in the biz.