Christian Bale Says THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Will Be His Last Time as Batman (Unless Christopher Nolan Says Different)

     November 23, 2010

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It looks like Christian Bale only has so much gravel-voice to give.  In a recent interview with E! News, Bale says that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last turn as the Caped Crusader.  Said Bale,

“The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless [Christopher Nolan] says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.”

Nolan has previously stated that The Dark Knight Rises will be the last Batman film he directs and that the third film will “finish the story” that started with Batman Begins. Hit the jump for what Bale says he knows and doesn’t know about the third film.  The Dark Knight Rises also stars Michael Caine and Tom Hardy.  It’s slated for release on July 20, 2012.

Bale, who is picking up strong critical acclaim in David O. Russell’s The Fighter, says that when it comes to the plot of The Dark Knight Rises,

“I probably know a little bit more than some other people out there, but I think most people would be surprised at how little I do know… It just hasn’t been necessary yet. I know he’ll give me plenty of time to prepare for whatever I need to, and I’ll discover it.”

This coincides with Michael Caine’s recent interview where he said they weren’t set to receive the script until January.  Filming on the highly-anticipated sequel is set to begin in May.

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