E! Online’s UK site is carrying the completely unsurprising news that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will almost certainly be the last time that Christian Bale will play The Batman.
The actor did give some indication that he might don the cape and cowl again if director Christopher Nolan asked. “… Unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman,” said Bale in a video interview.
As Chris Nolan has stated that RISES is his last planned film, that will likely be the end of the Nolan/Bale Batman era.
As for the myriad rumors that fly around the franchise, Christan Bale offers the following good advice:
“Until Chris tells me, I don’t believe it… It’s gotta be from his mouth, or else I don’t really know.”
See the video at the link above for more information, including a bit of chat about THE FIGHTER.
Christopher Nolan revealed to The L.A. Times that his third Batman film will be entitled THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and that it won’t feature The Riddler, as many news outlets, both print and online, have speculated.
Not willing to go into detail about plot or characters Nolan did say: ” “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.”
Christopher Nolan also eliminated Mr. Freeze as a potential villian, although it would be hard to imagine that sci-fi/fantasy character fitting into his more real-world grounded version of the venerable DC Comics character.
However, he was more open about his plans about how to shoot the THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, confirming that Warner Brothers has agreed to his desire to not make the film in 3-D, and instead focus on image quality and the use of IMAX cameras, which worked quite well in selected scenes of THE DARK KNIGHT.