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Gary Oldman, who plays Jim Gordon in the Nolan “Batman” films, thinks that although he, Christian Bale, and Christopher Nolan are in all likelihood done with the Bat franchise after “The Dark Knight Rises”, that doesn’t mean the studio is also done with the franchise.
He tells Crave Online while out promoting “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”:
For us I think it’s the end. Whether they will make more, my guess is probably. I mean, they don’t have Potter anymore. So, there could be a Batman 4 a 5. It may be Chris overseeing it in a producorial position, but for us and for Chris I think that’s it. It’s a great way to go out though. It’s a great story. Epic, epic thing it is. I think Chris strikes me as someone who’s too smart and he’s sort of too classy to just sort of make a third for the sake of making it. I don’t think that’s who he is. I remember way back saying to him, ‘”Is there going to be a third?” He said, “If I can get the story right. I’ve got to outdo myself. I’ve got to do it better than The Dark Knight. I’ve just got to get it right.” He set the bar very high, and so he said, “If I can find a story that interests me I will do it.” I think also it’s genius that he’s picked Bane as the villain, that he didn’t go with The Riddler or The Penguin. I think right there is a wise choice.
Of course Warner Bros. will want to make a fourth “Batman” movie … with or without Nolan. Unlike the “Harry Potter” franchise, there is no set ending for Bats, which means, yes, sequels. Or prequels. Etc. With or without Nolan back, expect more “Batman” adventures post-”The Dark Knight Rises”.
And if “Rises” does as well as most people expect it to, expect some grand announcement of a “new trilogy” or some such. Instead of a prequel or another reboot, or a continuation of the series, I personally wouldn’t mind if they jumped on ahead and adapted Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”, but you know that’s never gonna happen. Geezer Batman ain’t gonna sell tickets, I suspect.