BATMAN BEGINS star Christian Bale was left red-faced on the upcoming superhero movie's set last week (ends5MAR04) - when he couldn't fit into his costume.

The CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN hunk is currently in Iceland filming the fifth installment of the comic book franchise under the guidance of MEMENTO director Christopher Nolan.

But poor Christian had to suffer the indignity of the costume problems on his first day as Gotham City's crime fighting bat.

A set insider explains, "The trouble is the suit is so tight, it takes three people to squeeze Christian into it.

"He ripped one suit then finally managed to get into another with the help of more than a few squirts of talcum powder."

09/03/2004 14:42