A piece fan art created by visual artist BossLogic Inc. imagined the actor Christian Bale as the Joker in the upcoming spin-off movie centered on the famous villain. The actor has been known for his successful portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne in the movies directed by Christopher Nolan.

Bale played the role of the Caped Crusader and his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, in the previous Batman movies. He was featured in the title role in Nolan’s internationally-acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy.

One of his nemeses in the movie franchise was none other than the Joker.

A recent fan-made visual art piece posted on the official Facebook page of BossLogic Inc. shows Bale as this evil villain of the superhero he once portrayed in the past.

The image, which has circulated online via the social media platform, shows the actor’s face edited with bruised skin and showing the Joker’s iconic smile. The artist who created the image is based in Melbourne, Australia, and he has been creating artwork mainly inspired by comic book characters, his official page stated.

'American Psycho'

Aside from Bale’s defining moment as Batman in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, his association with the Joker came from his role in “American Psycho.” It is an American horror movie based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis of the same title.

The movie, released in 2000, was co-written and directed by Mary Harron.

Bale portrayed the character of the serial murderer Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho.” ComicBook describes Bateman as a psychopath murderer who used powerful weapons such as an axe and chainsaw when committing his crimes. He is also described as a manipulative character without being conscious of the difference between reality and fiction.

The Joker himself is also a psychopath in the comics and is known as the ultimate nemesis of the Caped Crusader. He is best known for his iconic laughter and his cunning skills he uses to thwart the superhero. Other actors who have portrayed the character in the past include Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto.

Public reception

The moment Christian Bale’s image came out, netizens went abuzz about the possibility of his being cast for the role. While others called the fan art a “perfect suggestion,” there were some who even suggested angles for the role, such as portraying the Joker in his asylum days.

“Imagine if they use him as a multiverse Joker, it would be mind-blowing,” Sergio Martinez wrote on Facebook. Blasting News earlier reported that a stand-alone movie dedicated to the villain is in the works, but there is no official news yet on the actor who would portray the role.