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  Brit actor Christian Bale is new Batman
Updated 11 September 2003, 20.41
There have already been four Batman films
British actor Christian Bale will play Batman in new big-money movie about the comic book hero, it's being reported.

The film is going to start being made in 2004, and Bale will play the caped crusader in a film directed by another Brit, Christopher Nolan.

Batman is one of the few comic book heroes not to have any special powers, instead relying on a brilliant brain, cool gadgets and top fighting skills.

George Clooney was the most recent Batman
George Clooney was the most recent Batman
He's also got loads of money, because behind the mask is the vastly rich businessman Bruce Wayne.

The film is being made by Warner Bros and a number of internet sites published a statement from them on Thursday, revealing Bale as the new Batman.

In the statement director Nolan said of his star: "What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne. He has exactly the balance of darkness and light we're looking for."

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In recent years lots of very successful comic book films have been made, but Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil and X-Men are all based on Marvel Comics.

Batman is a DC Comic - Marvel's big rival - and DC will be hoping to make lots of money with one of their two biggest names - the other being Superman.

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