Pat Leahy in Batman Dark Knight Movie

Patrick Leahy has a small part in "The Dark Knight," the next Batman flick. No word on whether Dick Cheney will take part.

Senator Patrick Leahy has a small part in “The Dark Knight,” the next Batman flick.

Holy Beltway, Batman! Sen. Patrick Leahy has a part in the next Batman movie.

“I don’t wear tights,” the Vermont Democrat said. Leahy’s scene was filmed this summer for “The Dark Knight” and involves Batman, played by Christian Bale, The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, and Alfred Pennyworth, played by Michael Caine.

The longtime Batman fan would reveal little about his role other than he is called the “distinguished gentleman.” “It’s a pretty tense scene,” said Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s going to be a very interesting one.”

He’s done voice-overs on Batman cartoons, written the preface for a Batman book and had small roles in the last two Batman features.

He said he will donate his earnings from the film to the Kellogg-Hubbard children’s library in Montpelier, where the senator got his first library card.

No word on whether Dick Cheney will take part.

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  1. G.A.Phillips says:

    As long as Bale smacks a black gloved fist upside his head I’m all for it.

    James a while back you did a post on the woopassedness of Bale as Batman, I tried to to leave a post on Gone Hollywood, but it would not work.
    Just wanted to point out the Movie “Equilibrium”, as an example, and was wondering if you have ever seen it?

  2. carpeicthus says:

    He’s a huge fan — his office has all sorts of paraphernalia (as well as a really funny picture of Cheney with his famous phrase)