Bale has been cast as a young Bruce Wayne, the millionaire crimefighter, in the next "Batman" flick.
"What I see in Christian is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Wayne ... exactly the balance of darkness and light," director Christopher Nolan said in a statement issued by Warner Brothers.
Zap2It reports the film will follow Batman's early career. It will be produced by Emma Thomas.
Among Bale's other credits are "Empire of the Sun," "Little Women," "Velvet Goldmine," "Reign of Fire" and "Equilibrium."
The 29-year-old actor has just wrapped up work on "The Machinist." He plays a lathe operator dying of a strange insomnia.