New BATMAN Christian Bale had to dodge critters in the dark on the cave set of his new film because director Christopher Nolan insisted on flying in real bats to give scenes added authenticity.

Bale admits he quickly got used to the nocturnal mammals once he was reassured they weren't bloodsuckers.

He says, "They were real but they were not vampire bats, they were fruit bats and I would go into the cage with them and stroke them and they would walk all over my shoulder. They're fine, little creatures. I quite liked them."

08/06/2005 09:16