Christian Bale Eager to Bring ‘Terminator’ Back, Batman-Style. Meanwhile An Arrest Clouds The Situation

Even as Christian Bale basks in the gargantuan success that is “The Dark Knight,” today the actor’s standing as a leading man is suddenly a lot shakier thanks to his arrest in London on assault charges. For the latest on the arrest, check out our full report here.

It couldn’t be more inopprtune timing for the star as he’s in the middle of attempting to re-start another huge franchise in the form of “Terminator Salvation.” Only days before the arrest the actor described the way this new effort would be handled on the big screen, “It will be in a similar fashion to the way that ’Batman Begins’ revitalized and reinvented,” Bale of course is picking up the John Connor role previously occupied by Eddie Furlong, Thomas Dekker and Nick Stahl in the film. Director McG has been known to compare the “Terminator” re-launch with Chris Nolan’s Batman series, and Bale revealed to us that he hopes to do several sequels.

“I see there is great potential for reinvention and revitalization of the mythology of it,” Bale said, hoping to leave the Schwarzenegger stigma far behind. “And that’s what I’m aiming to do. That’s what I feel like our responsibility is; otherwise there is no point in making it.”

Bale explained that the script, written by David C. Wilson (“Supernova”) and “Terminator 3″ writers Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato, is similar to “Batman Begins” in that it brings a fresh perspective to a fatigued series, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the past. “In ’Terminator’ we are continuing a mythology,” he insisted. “We don’t ignore a mythology, [similar to what] we did with Batman.”

If you could only see one Christian Bale blockbuster today, which would you rather watch: The next “Terminator” or the next “Batman” film? Do you think this arrest will change the course of his career?