Jun 8, 2010  •  In Movies, Music, Personal

Who Knew Batman Could Sing and Dance?

Before suffering laryngitis in the latest Batman franchise…

Before enthralling viewers over business cards, designer suits and eighties glamour — hence capturing the title of America’s favorite serial killer in a pre-Dexter era…

Before being rejected by one woman (Why, Jo? Whyyyy?????), only to move on to her younger sister…

Christian Bale starred in a little-known Disney musical called Newsies.

It was a crap film, only netting $2.9 million nationwide. Even Christian Bale himself admits to not liking the movie. 


(Maybe it had to do with my enormous crush on Christian Bale at the time…?)

Does anyone remember this movie? Did anyone like it, as this desperate, pimple-covered teenager did?

For fellow fans of this horrible movie, in addition to those who can’t get enough of Lady GaGa, here’s a sweet mashup of “Bad Romance” with a landmark song & dance number from Newsies:

Yes, that’s Christian Bale (badly) dancing his little butt off. It’s pretty comical to see the teenage heartthrob image that launched his career, don’t you think?

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16 Responses to “Who Knew Batman Could Sing and Dance?”

  1. bohemianbailie says:

    I must say many a slumber party was spent watching this movie for me!

  2. Lacey says:

    Alright, normally I’m a lurker, I admit it, but the Newsies post forced me to comment! I L-O-V-E this movie. I have since I was a kid. In fact most of my girlfriends ages 23-28 love it too. Maybe we were the only ones who saw it?

  3. Maggie says:

    Hahaha – love this movie! I was introduced to it when I moved and met my (still) best friends back in the fifth grade. They had grown up with it and were obsessed with it – I don’t think even I like it as much as they did, but it’s hilarious to see Christian Bale that way!

  4. Laura says:

    He was also the voice of one of the characters in Pocahontas, the animated Disney movie. Right alongside Mel Gibson. Kinda wild huh?

  5. Geek in Heels says:

    @Lacey — I think you may be right….maybe the four people who have commented so far, their friends, and myself are the only ones who watched it!

  6. omg, you post the most AWESOME stuff, hahaha!

  7. stacey says:

    i hadn’t heard of this movie until college, when i happened to be in a group of friends who all LOVED the movie. then i married a guy whose sister LOVES the movie. so, i probably watch it once a month now. 🙂

  8. M & C says:

    Both my husband and I saw Newies in high school (seperate high schools). I actually LOVE Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. One of my favorite movies.

  9. M & C says:

    Both my husband and I saw Newies in high school (seperate high schools). I actually LOVE Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. One of my favorite movies.

  10. Jasmine Desilva says:

    I LOVED NEWSIES!!!! You just caused a musical production to begin in my cubicle. " LOOK AT ME, I’M THE KING OF NEW YOOORRRKKKK!" That movie was the shiznit. But you have to be a musical lover.

  11. Geek in Heels says:

    I never knew so many people liked this movie! To be perfectly frank I always hid my love for the movie because my friends used to make fun of me for it. Yay — I feel like I’m not such a dork!

  12. Amber says:

    A guy I went to school with was in that! Arvie Lowe Jr., the little african american dude. Man could DANCE!

  13. Lisa says:

    YES! Newsies! I watched it for the first time in 1998, I think, and was obsessed within the year. It was the early days of the internet and my sister and I joined a mailing list on yahoo for newsies fans — mostly teen girls. There were 1,000 of us on that list in its heyday. Any of you peeps on it, too? I wouldn’t be surprised!
    Also that Newsies/Bad Romance video was the best thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  14. Lisa says:

    Also I just found a copy on my hard drive of a Newsies fanfic I wrote circa 1999. WOW.

  15. Stephanie D says:

    I loved this movie! It has been foreeeever since I’ve seen it… something to do on a rainy day now!

  16. CM says:

    Loved Newsies! And I had no idea who Christian Bale was at the time. I thought the music was great, I even bought the soundtrack. 🙂

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