According to Bruce Wayne himself, aka Christian Bale, he’s done with the Caped Crusader post-“The Dark Knight Rises”. The actor tells something called The Philippine Daily Inquirer:
I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off. I believe the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.
During the interview, Bale also gave props to Anne Hathaway (who is playing Catwoman in the movie):
When Chris watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job. In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us.
And about Tom Hardy as the musclebound Bane:
I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in movies before. But, in my eyes, Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there’s great freedom for him to be able to do so.
So there you have it. “The Dark Knight Rises” is the last movie for Christian Bale as Batman, and he thinks his two major co-stars in the flick are swell.
Nolan has also said that this is also his last trip to Gotham City. Of course, when “The Dark Knight Rises” opens to a few gazillion dollars, it’ll be an interesting few months/years to see how much Warner Bros. is willing to offer Nolan to return for a fourth outing, if not as director, then as a producer or “Godfather”, similar to his current work on the Superman reboot “Man of Steel”. I suspect Brink trucks will be involved…
The bat rises for the last (?) time July 20, 2012.
Via : THR