There are two things Christian Bale seems to look for when he considers joining a film. First, he likes to work with an established, acclaimed director who'll surely pull the absolute best out of him (see Christopher Nolan, David O. Russell, Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, Todd Haynes, Werner Herzog and, um, McG). Secondly, he'll only play the role if it's a relentlessly grim character in an impossibly grim film where no one smiles or laughs. Ever.
Well, it sounds like Bale is the perfect match for 'The Creed of Violence.'