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Publisher Description

The darkest Batman is unmasked.

During the London press junket for The Dark Knight in the summer of 2008, Christian Bale was infamously accused of assaulting his mother and sister at the five-star Dorchester Hotel. Six months later, a recording of Bale’s rant on the set of Terminator Salvation was leaked, and the star’s anger began to define him.

But beyond his notorious temper, Bale, an Academy Award-winning actor for his role in The Fighter, is known for his ability to physically transform himself for roles in American Psycho, The Machinist, and as one of Hollywood’s most revered and bankable characters—Batman.

In Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, Best Biography winner in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards and finalist in the 2013 Indie Book Awards, a 2013 Indie Book Awards Finalist for Best Biography, Bale’s former publicist and assistant Harrison Cheung—his real-life Alfred—shares an inside look into the little-known personal life of the intensely private and reclusive actor. In the first biography of the Batman star, Cheung, who lived and worked with Christian and his father for 10 years, shares firsthand accounts of the Bales’ familial dysfunction, Christian’s morbid fascinations and dark humor, and his extreme dedication to his craft.

Aware that Bale hated his traditional publicity duties, Cheung launched an extensive Internet marketing campaign for the actor, built the first official actor website for him, and cultivated the Baleheads, an online fan community that was used to garner editorial coverage and ultimately help Bale secure the role of the Caped Crusader.

Written with veteran Hollywood and entertainment reporter Nicola Pittam, Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman uncovers Bale’s transformation from shy, English child actor to Internet sensation to Hollywood bad boy.


Biographies & Memoirs
May 29
BenBella Books, Inc.
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Abluel ,

Eye opening!

Wow! Can't believe you put up with that much dysfunction for so long. Now we know the real Christian Bale and there isn't much to like--the word creepy comes to mind. I wonder if he talks to his little girl like that, and furthermore, I feel terrible for his nieces who did nothing to deserve being treated so horribly by him. Seems like he would benefit from some serious therapy, maybe meds and surely some shock treatment. Great book and I couldn't put down.

Kjlittrejdi ,


I could understand Christian Bale being difficult, but I caught spelling, grammar, and formatting errors throughout this book. His writing is unprofessional. He should have just quit his job instead of writing an entire novel about someone else's life.

Also, the book is very bias. This book is not about the "truth" of Christian Bale. It is about someone who did not like him and just wants to complain. Go read another book.