The Dark Knight talks Batman, T4 and Public Enemies. Christian Bale has revealed he was relieved to escape blockbusters The Dark Knight and Terminator Salvation to work on crime drama Public Enemies. Speaking to Empire, the actor said that he was thrilled to perform under director Michael Mann. “I didn’t feel pressure from those movies [The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation] but it’s a relief just to make different kinds of movies,” he explained. “Working with Michael Mann was one of the most satisfying experiences ever, I think he’s one of the finest filmmakers around. He’s incredibly thorough and he’s probably the only person I’ve ever met who actually enjoys doing more research than I do.” Bale co-stars alongside Johnny Depp in the film, which arrives in cinemas on July 3.