His first starring role was in the 1986 TV movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. Bale's big break came in 1987 when he starred in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun as Jamie "Jim" Graham. This role earned him critical praise and the first ever "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
His first geek role was in the action film about a world destroyed by dragons called Reign of Fire (2002). In that same year, he also did the sci-fi film Equilibrium (2002) as elite law officer John Preston, in a dystopian world controlled by anti-psychotic drugs.
His greatest geek role is as the superhero Batman in the 2005 film Batman Begins . An international triumph for Warner Bros., it cost $135 million to produce and made over $370 million in returns worldwide. Bale's performance was well received by critics and fans alike, earning him the Saturn Award for "Best Actor." He reprized his role of Batman in the two sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The Batman movies with Christian Bale have been a box office smash.
Bale also thrilled geeks by playing John Conner in Terminator Salvation (2009).
What do you think of Christian Bale? What was your favorite role or movie he's done?
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