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Christian Bale is The Dark Knight

Christian Bale captures a moment in time with his camera while shooting a scene Friday on the set of the next Batman installment The Dark Knight (currently filming in Hong Kong, China).

Director Christopher Nolan was, of course, on hand to provide direction. The film also stars Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as district attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Maggie Gyllenhaal as assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (formerly played by Katie Holmes), Michael Caine as butler Alfred Pennyworth and Morgan Freeman (pictured below) as Lucius Fox, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises.

The Dark Knight has a tentative release date of July 18, 2008. Filming will reportedly conclude by the end of this month.

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'The Dark Knight' Movie Stills

Some fantastic new pictures from the next Batman installment have surfaced!

The Dark Knight features Christian Bale reprising his role as the titular hero and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face (not pictured).

The Joker (Heath Ledger) can be seen holding a knife to the throat of D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow in Batman Begins) also makes his return to the series. Very, very exciting!!!!!

The superhero flick opens next summer — July 18th.

UPDATE: Apologies, images removed!

You can still view them here.