Christian Bale Thinks The Dark Knight Rises Will be his Last Batman Movie

While out promoting his upcoming boxing drama “The Fighter”, Christian Bale, Batman himself, dropped some news concerning the Bat franchise. The biggest news is that Bale believes this will be the last time he suits up as the Caped Crusader. At least, that’s what he’s hearing from Nolan.

Bale tells MTV:

If Chris [Nolan] maintains, then this will be the last one, and we have to up it.

Not really a surprise, since I’m already shocked that Nolan is on the verge of doing three of these movies. When it comes to these very creative people, I always find it surprising they’d spend so much of their valuable prime filmmaking years on a single character/franchise.

In any case, Bale goes on:

Chris will let me know what I need to know when I need to know it, It’s our fourth movie together, and I probably know a little bit more than maybe some people out there, but I think most people will be surprised by how little I do know.

It just hasn’t been necessary yet. I know he’ll give me plenty of time to prepare whatever I need to for it and I’ll discover it. He’s a pretty damn good filmmaker I trust that he’s going to come up with something wonderful.

Doesn’t sound a whole lot like Christian Bale is very plugged into the whole Batman rumor mill, does it? Then again, maybe he’s just bullshitting all of us. Of course, we can just take what he’s saying at face value: he’s already done four movies with Nolan, and by this point he has complete faith in the mind. Makes sense.

“The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.



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  • OK Records

    Last I heard about this, Garly Oldman made a statement that he, Bale and Nolan were contracted from the start for three films, and that some of them didn’t necessarily even want to do a third film, but would because they’re obligated. So, it’s kind of odd to hear that Bale is surprised that he won’t necessarily be doing anymore Batman films.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Movie sequel contracts signed before the first film is even produced are not worth the paper they’re written on. You can’t force someone to do X number of movies if they don’t want to. But it sounds really, really good when people hear that you’ve signed on for, say, 20 movies ala all those silly Marvel Studios movie contracts. It falls in the same category as “We already have stories for a trilogy!” before the first film even opens. It’s a lame Hollywood attempt to convince you their movie is really, really good that they’re already thinking about doing X number of sequels. Etc.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m torn. The 12 year old boy inside of me wants Nolan and the cast to keep amking Batman movies forever. However the 32 year old film lover knows that there must be an end to the franchise and hopes that it goes out in an awe inducing spectacular fashion. I like trilogies. I liked the original Star Wrs trilogy, the original Indiana Jones trilogy, The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Even the Blade trilogy and The Spider-Man and X-Men trilogies. To me when you go past three films the level of work seems to come down a notch. The material is not as important or the director or cast either bail or lose interest and the work suffers. Hopefully Nolan and company will deliver one more stellar installment of this iconic character and leave us all witing in vein for another romp.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    three is fine for me — dont burn it in the ground – do three let it fade — move over to superman — and wonder woman — then come back to batman later

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I’m good with a trilogy. I like it having a beginning middle and end to the saga. It doesn’t need to go on for ever. Give it five-ten and then do another version. Maybe finally getting Batman Beyond off the ground. That’d be sick.

  • Vineland

    Comic book adaptations are really difficult to do and even harder to follow up with sequels. Remember “Spiderman 3:the musical” and “X men: the Last stand”? I start to froth at the mouth just thinking about how they ruined such a great opportunity like the Venom and Phoenix sagas.

    If Nolan makes another Batman film of a similar standard to his previous two with Christian Bale I’ll be satisfied and glad with that. Hell, that would be cinematic history in my opinion. Nolan has set a standard that Marvel, DC and the independent comics companies should look to when the make superhero films. (I don’t mean all comic book adaptations should be serious and gritty though.)

  • Vineland

    Comic book adaptations are really difficult to do and even harder to follow up with sequels. Remember “Spiderman 3:the musical” and “X men: the Last stand”? I start to froth at the mouth just thinking about how they ruined such a great opportunity like the Venom and Phoenix sagas.

    If Nolan makes another Batman film of a similar standard to his previous two with Christian Bale I’ll be satisfied and glad with that. Hell, that would be cinematic history in my opinion. Nolan has set a standard that Marvel, DC and the independent comics companies should look to when the make superhero films. (I don’t mean all comic book adaptations should be serious and gritty though.)