First Look: Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

November 28, 2008
Source: Empire

First Look: Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

Give or take Miami Vice, Michael Mann is usually a very solid director. His next project is one called Public Enemies, about the real story of notorious American gangster John Dillinger and his FBI pursuer Melvin Purvis in the 1930s. Think of it as something like The Untouchables, except set in the 1930's and told from the side of the bad guys. It's being described as somewhat like Heat II, which could mean a lot of good things and a lot of bad things (do we really need more sequels?). However you look at it, with the debut of these two new photos from Empire today, I think it shows we don't we have much to be worried about at all. While they're fairly simple shots, they look great so far, and we haven't even seen any footage yet either.

On the left you'll see Johnny Depp as gangster John Dillinger, nicknamed the "Jackrabbit" for the way he leaped over counters during bank heists. On the right you'll see Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis, known for capturing more "public enemies" than anyone in history and eventually taking down Dillinger.

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If you're liking the way these look, you might as well head back and check out the batch of photos taken while Public Enemies was shooting in Wisconsin in March. The shots aren't as clear as these, but you can see Depp robbing a bank with tommy gun and money bag in hand. The more and more I see of this, the more excited I get. I just have the feeling that Public Enemies could turn out as legendary as The Untouchables, but with some extra grit thanks to Michael Mann and both Depp and Bale. Also in the cast are Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham, Leelee Sobieski, Marion Cotillard, and Billy Crudup as J. Edgar Hoover. Public Enemies is slated to hit theaters on July 1st, 2009 next summer.

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  • can't wait for the trailer!
  • matt
    sweet, original gangster film. finally something different.
  • Roman
    let's bring it on point: depp & bale mann gangsters heat II conclusion --> just phenomenal
  • Lady Aerin
    I'm sold.
  • Bob
    Excuse me while i wet myself
  • Alfredo
    Ohhhh. Okay, this is what Empire meant by Heat II. I thought there was an actual sequel going on. Well, this looks pretty good. Mann, Depp and Bale are three names that go pretty well together in my book.
  • big r
  • Brooke
    Totally there!
  • Red Buttons
    I came
  • Joker
    So Batmans going after Dillinger... sounds interesting.
  • Lauren
    I would've liked to see Bale as the gangster, but it still looks pretty dang good! Totally seeing it.
  • Cody
    After seeing last of the mohicans badassery this will be sweet. Plus tommy guns and bale
  • miracle disease
    LET'S GET IT ON! I'm ready to rumble... Will definitely watch out for this... trailer! trailer! trailer!
  • Cesar
    BALE IS #1!!!!!!!!!!
  • prelude to batman 3? lol Pics look interesting so far.
  • Me
    There is no Heat II. And I hope there never will be the first one was bad enough.
  • dan
    i hope it turns out as good as "hoodlum" did. roth, fishburne, and garcia were kick @ss in that one. and, i'm sure depp and bale won't disappoint.
  • interl0per
    It is cool to see Depp star in something that doesn't require him being a Pirate or some kind of Burtonesque freak show. Ill hold my reserve but this sounds like it should be spectacular! And I hope it doesnt compare to Heat, honestly aside the most badass street battle ever put on film, I thought the move drug it's feet the rest of the time.
  • Justin
    Haha. Depp looks convincing, but all I see on the right is Bruce Wayne in a fedora.
  • tzarinna
    *drools* Pure sex!
  • LeeMan
    o hell yes!!! johnny depp ftw!
  • Itri
    Between this, the new Scorsese picture, Watchmen, and the Ricky Gervais comedy involving basically every amazing comedic actor, next year is going to totally pwn this year.
  • tyker
    alright ceasar bale is not that great, I can name a few movies where he sucked total balls!!! but he has recently uped his awsomeness. reign of fire was sick and of course Batman. the Machinest was really cool too. not to mention equalibrium it wasnt that great but the idea was tight and so was bale . just put Depp in anything other than another pirates movie and Im sold.
  • Matt Suhu
    so Terminator: Salvation already finished filming?
  • Richard
    they were filming bank scenes for this movie like a year ago. In a bank near my hometown in Wisconsin
  • F.C.
    cool! can't wait for it
  • sleepykid
    Looks good. Let's hope Mann is back on form after the dire mis-step that was Miami Vice.
  • Chris W
    21 said it all
  • Brian
    Oh, hell yeah! Two great actors. Michael Mann. I could see where they get HEAT II. I'll be there.
  • Candy Castle
    pretty cool to me!!!
  • Conrad
    Looks great1 Can't wait for this one!
  • Lincoln
    "do we really need more sequels"....this doesn't make sense since this isn't a sequel and you know this as well, no need to promote confusion. How in any way shape or form could this be confused as a sequel to Heat? Maybe in the tone of it or the themes as a crook vs. the law type film, but it ends there. You could say it's a sequel to any cops and robbers crime film based on that.
  • Black Guy
    "I just have the feeling that Public Enemies could turn out as legendary as The Untouchables..." Oh, Alex, ever the editorializing hypester.
  • Depp looks good. Could be a fun one.
  • al-X
    Bale vs. Depp, this is going to be great. Love Johnny.
  • NorthDude
    Comment 16 says Heat sucked! STONE HIM! STTOOONNEEE HIIIMMM!!! As far as this movie goes, can't wait, gonna be awesome.
  • Brandy Rodriguez
    Damn i'm so gonna see this movie!!! two hot men that i love r in this movie... JOHNNY DEPP AND CHRISTAIN BALE... OMG SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SEXY... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH =)




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