Nolan Indicates 'Dark Knight Rises' Last
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Christopher Nolan appeared to confirm that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be the final Batman film for him and star Christian Bale.
The actor recently indicated that the third film would be his last, unless Nolan said otherwise. Happily discussing the success of his SF thiller INCEPTION, Christopher Nolan said the following:
“I feel very glad that I’m doing another Batman film. I think it would have been daunting to sit down and write an original script after INCEPTION. I love working within the realm and rules of our Batman world. It’s kind of nice to have someplace to go that I’m super-excited about.”
I must say that I’m glad — I’m very, very glad — to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with INCEPTION. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”
A trilogy seems to a fitting arc for the n/Bale Batman films, though I can’t imagine that Warner Brothers would let the franchise lie fallow for too long. Fortunately, the character is strong enough to draw interest in many different interpetations, and not simply by specific director/actor teamings. However, it’s hard to imagine a better combination than Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, who seem so in-synch in their approach.