After “The Dark Knight” came out, many among the crew at Wizard HQ back in 2008 were constantly quoting some of the more hilarious lines from “Batman Begins” and “TDK.” While both those movies are extremely enjoyable, Christian Bale’s gruff Batman growl is just too funny not to endlessly mimic. Frequently, during meetings or random conversations, people would growl “Where is she?!” or “Swear to me!” instead of using normal human dialogue.
Safe to say, this made for a pretty fun time around the office.
At some point, I was struck by the idea that these silly quotes (if read in gruff Batman inflection) would make hilarious Valentine’s Day cards when matched with dreamy photos of Christian Bale. At some point, these were dubbed Bale-entines (I believe by Marvel’s Alex Kropinak), and for a solid week they were the funniest things ever.
As we’re oh-so close to Valentine’s Day, let’s see if we can recapture the magic by posting those jolly old Bale-entines! Please, enjoy!
The first Bale-entines, by me (Jim Gibbons)…
After sending these out in an email to then-current and former Wizard employees, everyone wanted to join the photoshopping fun. The theme changed from Bale-entines to goofy “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” Valentine’s on down to greeting card style entries, but the one that that remained the same was that weird/dreamy publicity photos with Batman movie quotes are always pretty damn funny.
Now that time has passed and Bale has acted in a few more films since mid-2008, the real question is “What new Bale-entines await us?” If you dig the idea, please make up some of your own Bale-entines and send them to me (see the “Contact” tab above for how). I’d love to do a whole ‘nother post of these puppies!
Happy Bale-entine’s Day, everyone!