THE DARK KNIGHT Star Christian Bale Is Frankenstein's Monster In First Look At THE BRIDE!

THE DARK KNIGHT Star Christian Bale Is Frankenstein's Monster In First Look At THE BRIDE! THE DARK KNIGHT Star Christian Bale Is Frankenstein's Monster In First Look At THE BRIDE!

Maggie Gyllenhaal has unveiled a first look at her upcoming take on The Bride of Frankenstein, which will star Christian Bale as The Monster and Jessie Buckley as The Bride!...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 05, 2024 08:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Frankenstein

Actor-turned director, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Secretary), has taken to Instagram to share the first ever production stills (via from her upcoming adaptation of The Bride of Frankenstein (stylized as The Bride!).

The images feature Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Thor: Love and Thunder) as Frankenstein's Monster, and Jessie Buckley (Men, Wicked Little Letters) as the misunderstood creature's titular Bride.

Bale's take on the Monster retains the classic head stitches, but he also seems to be sporting some tattoos, which has brought about comparisons to Jared Leto's "damaged" Joker from Suicide Squad.

We first heard about this project back in 2022 when it was being developed for Netflix, but a follow-up report indicated that the film had been shelved shortly after the Hollywood strikes got underway, and was being shopped elsewhere. More recently, we'd learn that Warner Bros. had acquired The Bride!, which is now set for a theatrical release on October 3rd, 2025.

Gyllenhaal is set to direct after garnering acclaim for her debut feature, The Lost Daughter. Penélope Cruz (Vanilla Sky, Zoolander 2), Peter Saragaard (Green Lantern, The Batman) Annette Bening (American Beauty, Nyad) and Julianne Hough (Footloose, Dirty Grandpa) are also part of the cast, but no details on their roles have been disclosed.

This take on the story "sees a lonely Frankenstein travel to 1930s Chicago to seek the aide of a Dr. Euphronius in creating a companion for himself. The two reinvigorate a murdered young woman, and the Bride is born. She is beyond what either of them intended, igniting a combustible romance, the attention of the police, and a wild and radical social movement."

Check out the images below.



It doesn't sound like this is going to be a direct remake of the 1935 classic, but even if they stick to the basic premise, we'd say the story will undergo a few changes for a modern audience.

The original was helmed by James Whale, and was a direct sequel to 1931's Frankenstein. The plot focused on Henry Frankenstein's (Colin Clive) mentor Doctor Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who convinces Henry to assist him in creating a Bride for the Monster (Boris Karloff). Henry is wary of giving life to another potentially murderous creature, but is blackmailed and threatened by Dr. Pretorius and the monster, leading to the creation of the titular character (portrayed by Elsa Lanchester, who also appeared in the film as Mary Shelley).

"After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster (Boris Karloff) remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control."

What are your thoughts on this first look at The Bride!? Drop us a comment down below.

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HashTagSwagg - 4/5/2024, 8:48 AM
Leto's Joker lives on
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TheLight - 4/5/2024, 9:16 AM
@HashTagSwagg - Bale's Frankenstein Monster in a nutshell😂

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boiling - 4/5/2024, 9:25 AM
@HashTagSwagg - I'd like to add:
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harryba11zack - 4/5/2024, 8:52 AM
eew, his man milk is black.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 4/5/2024, 9:06 AM
I kinda dig he has a tattoo, makes sense if his body parts have been stolen from deceased cons and this was the age of men first getting tattooed.
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:35 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - true about the body parts (though It seen like this monster was still created in the 1800’s and the story just takes place in the 30’s)

I didn’t know that about tattoos though , that’s cool
Apophis71 - 4/5/2024, 1:00 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Well as far as Europe is concerned (rather than indigenous sorts or ancient ones) they were a thing as far back as at least the 17th century pilgrims but started becoming more widespread after the James Cook in the 1760's and 70's stemming from his crew telling tales of the 'tattooed savages'. In fact Cook's Science Officer and Expedition Botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, returned to England with a tattoo.

However the practice has existed in various forms in Europe dating back to Ancient Greece and was certainly not unheard of, especialy amongst Sailors and tradesman, throughout Europe before Cook and since till widespread in Britain for instance by the 19th century (but was still largely associated with sailors and criminals). Tattooing had however been practised in an amateur way by public schoolboys from at least the 1840s and by the 1870s had become fashionable among some members of the upper classes, including royalty.

TLDR Criminals and Sailor having ink in the 1800's was certainly a thing in the UK and Europe and not unheard of for upper classes either so it can fit with the story if one or more of the donors had them.

That said the apparant crisp quality and font shown with that Tat isn't what is normaly seen onscreen when doing a pre-20th century one.
Shivermetimbers - 4/5/2024, 9:07 AM
Why does hollywood keep making the same character look that has been proven to be disliked by audiences? Leto's Joker, Bill's Crow, and now this?
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 9:11 AM
Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn't in Batman Begins.
TheShape9859 - 4/5/2024, 3:56 PM
@lazlodaytona - he must have edited it lol
lazlodaytona - 4/5/2024, 10:16 PM
@TheShape9859 - oh sure, they take away the 'edit' button from us site-users but they can edit all they want.
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Matchesz - 4/5/2024, 9:20 AM
Bale got hit with the MGK effect
tmp3 - 4/5/2024, 9:25 AM
Bale looks great in the makeup; shades of Karloff. The tattoo thing isn't a huge deal since so far it's only one; they didn't plaster him like they did to Letoker or the new Crow. This being set in 1930's Chicago sounds really cool, excited to see this and the Del Toro one drop soon especially since they seem to be such different takes
TheJester187 - 4/5/2024, 9:53 AM
@tmp3 - Think about it were people in the 1930’s rocking tattoos? Shits tacky! And doesn’t need to be added. But this is Hollyweird.
Apophis71 - 4/5/2024, 1:09 PM
@TheJester187 - Even some Royaly were rocking tattoos by the end of the 1800's, uncertain specificaly with America if he was created there in this but was certainly a thing. It maybe tacky but not uncommon amongst sailors, tradesmen, criminals and pilgrims going back to at least the 17th century outside of Ancient and Indiginous forms of it.
TheJester187 - 4/21/2024, 6:52 PM
@Apophis71 - I dig it. Your right tattoos were part of early history. Maybe it’s flesh from another body?
CharlesLeeRay - 4/5/2024, 9:34 AM
I just can't wait for Guillermo del Toro's next masterpiece:

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Matchesz - 4/5/2024, 9:36 AM
@CharlesLeeRay - a frankenstein by Del Toro would be amazing, its his fav horror character if i remember he wanted to have him in Hellboy 3
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 10:47 AM
@CharlesLeeRay - Bernie Wrightson goodness, fantastic artist.
TheSuperMex - 4/5/2024, 11:53 AM
@Matchesz - I think he is making it as his next film.
CharlesLeeRay - 4/5/2024, 12:17 PM
@marvel72 - He really is and I'm betting Guillermo is going to take inspiration from him.
marvel72 - 4/5/2024, 12:22 PM
@CharlesLeeRay - I hope so, it would be nice to see it filmed in black and white.
GeneralZod - 4/5/2024, 2:48 PM
@CharlesLeeRay - Oh, man ... you brought out Bernie Wrightson goodness on a Friday afternoon.

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Can someone tag Nomis? I forget his new username.

RolandD - 4/5/2024, 7:50 PM
@GeneralZod - As soon as I drop this.
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Nomis929 - 4/6/2024, 1:50 AM
@RolandD @GeneralZod - It's ironic you guys brought up the late great, Bernie Wrightson, I've been re-reading and admiring the art on the original run he an Len wein did on the classic SWAMP THIMP!
Awesome Stuff!

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TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:34 AM
First The Joker , then the Crow and now Frankenstein’s Monster…

The hell is with giving tattoos to iconic characters lol.

Anyway , the looks are…interesting for sure as is the premise so we’ll see how or if it works out since I’m not sure how to feel about both right now.

I know Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut got alot of critical acclaim , might check it out to see how she is.

TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:39 AM
Also TDK reunion!!.

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GhostDog - 4/5/2024, 9:49 AM
The man who designed Leto Joker must be stopped
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 9:51 AM
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Izaizaiza - 4/5/2024, 9:57 AM
I still remember the description of the monster and the original novel. It looked like a perfect Adonis on the surgery table. Physically flawless.... Until it went brought to life, and started moving. Then it looked just... Wrong.

*Disclaimer: It's been three decades since I read it, so if my memory is a little off, forgive me 🙂
bkmeijer1 - 4/5/2024, 10:00 AM
Oh no, he has a tattoo. That surely isn't gonna upset anybody
Doomsday8888 - 4/5/2024, 10:04 AM
Surely you mean Ayerstein's Monster? DAMAGED.
mountainman - 4/5/2024, 10:04 AM
This look ain’t it.
DrReedRichards - 4/5/2024, 10:14 AM
Looks like a Bulgari perfume commercial.
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 10:20 AM
@DrReedRichards - Bulgari

Makes you smell like a corpse.
DrReedRichards - 4/5/2024, 10:26 AM
@TheVisionary25 -


For the distinguished individual who knows to put himself back together, piece by piece.
TheNewYorker - 4/5/2024, 10:18 AM
All this time later and they’re still dickriding Leto 😂
RedFury - 4/5/2024, 10:18 AM
A tattoo? On Frankenstein?! Abort this abomination!!!! Wait, what's that you say? Tattoos have been around pretty much as long as humans have, and its possible that this was on the corpse used to create Frankenstein? Maybe my outrage is wrong...? No, can't be! It's the creators that are wrong!
TheVisionary25 - 4/5/2024, 10:20 AM
@RedFury - true

Atleast he doesn’t have any face ones lol
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