If the following is true, then our nation is in more trouble than any of us imagined.

According to actor Christian Bale, the first meeting with Donald Trump during the filming of “Batman” led to an almost unbelievable revelation: The most powerful man in the world (Donald Trump) genuinely thought the Hollywood actor was fictional Batman alter ego Bruce Wayne.

Bale spoke with Variety on the red carpet for his new movie, “Vice,” where Bale plays the leading role as former Vice President Dick Cheney.  He opened up about his encounter with Trump during the filming of “Batman.”

“I met him, one time,” Bale said. “We were filming on ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower, and he said, ‘Come on up to the office.’

“I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne,” the actor said, “because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne, and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”

So we have a president in the White House who thinks that Bruce Wayne is a real character?  It really is almost too surreal to believe.  Following that logic, Trump must think that Batman and The Joker are also real-life characters.

At the time Bale's movie came out Trump gave it a glowing review, while stroking his own ego (of course).  He said the movie was “really terrific,” but “what was really amazing was the fact that the cinematography — what they did was incredible.”

“The movie is really worthwhile seeing,” he added. “And most importantly, Trump Tower — my building — plays a role.”

Yes, most importantly Trump Tower played a role!  Clearly, that was the most important part of the movie.

It makes you wonder, can Trump string three sentences together without stroking his own ego?