Forget everything you think you know about Christian Bale. While the actor has made a name for himself playing the iconic Batman in a trio of critically acclaimed and wildly popular movies, Bale is already making waves playing a grittier, darker character in 'Out of the Furnace'
The film doesn't release until December 6, but early reviews are already praising both the movie, and Bale's performance. Directed by Scott Cooper, Out of the Furnace is an intense thriller about two brothers: Russell Blaze, played by Christian Bale, and Rodney Blaze, played by Casey Affleck (yes, we couldn't help but notice the mild irony there).
In the film, younger brother Rodney returns home from Iraq and finds himself pulled into a notorious crime ring run by Curtis DeGroat, played by Woody Harrelson. When Rodney mysteriously disappears and the police are unable to find him, Russell takes matters into his own hands. The trailer is rough and gritty, with a power and intensity that implies an unhappy ending. The filming location in Braddock, PA - a Pittsburgh suburb that has fallen into disrepair after the steel industry collapse in the 1980's - adds to that feeling.
While the two performances are very different, perhaps Batman and Russell Blaze aren't so different. Batman has lost his parents; Russell's father is dying and his brother has disappeared. Both are hard-hitting vigilantes, willing to take on the bad guys themselves when the police can't.
It seems that Russell Blaze somewhat darker personality may just be Christian Bale's next logical step after playing the caped crusader.