Christian Bale Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Likely To Be His Last Film As Batman

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 23, 2010 3:23 AM
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With "The Dark Knight Rises" gearing up to go in front of cameras next spring and Christian Bale doing the press rounds -- as much as he doesn't really want to -- for "The Fighter" opening on December 10th, it's inevitable that he will be asked endlessly about the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise. And while he won't spill too many details (and really, he doesn't have a script yet so we're not sure how much he could say anyway) he did drop a minor bomb in his most recent conversation with E!.

Regarding his future wearing the Bat-codpiece, Bale says, "The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I'm playing Batman."

Of course, that is far from the final word. Though the Nolan-helmed franchise has always been viewed as being a trilogy, with "The Dark Knight Rises" pretty much guaranteed to be a smash sensation, we're pretty sure Warner Bros. will eventually drive dump trucks full of money and unicorns to Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's front door to get them to return. But three is a good number, and as much as we really like the Batman franchise,we'd love to see Nolan tackling more of his own original ideas on the big screen. At any rate, you can watch Bale's interview with the irritating Ben Lyons below and it looks like Bale hasn't quite shaken the Boston accent just yet.

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4 Comments

  • ed | November 24, 2010 3:31 AMReply

    let me tell you something about Mr. Bale. He's the greatest actor of his generation!

  • rodie | November 23, 2010 5:18 AMReply

    I can't see Bale doing another Batman movie without Chris Nolan, UNLESS somehow a badass director comes in to take the reigns and Chris Nolan stays on as a co-writer and/or producer. But that seems like a long shot with Chris Nolan saying this is the end of the story he set out to tell about Batman, then I'd say Bale will hang up the cape, too.

    It's almost like Bale has to say goodbye to Batman after TDKR or commit to 3 more films with a new director, and that seems unlikely.

  • Matt Holmes | November 23, 2010 4:10 AMReply

    About the accent thing... Bale does all his accents for interviews in character. Yup, he's that much of a method actor!

  • carrie | November 23, 2010 3:56 AMReply

    it's not a surprise! He signed for 3 movies

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