For quite some time now it’s been stated pretty matter-of-factly that trilogy-maker The Dark Knight Rises would be the final Batman movie made by director Christopher Nolan and likely the rest of his cast and crew, including star Christian Bale.
This was so sure that it had already been announced that Warner Brothers planned to reboot the franchise after Nolan and company’s departure…and it remains all but guaranteed (the departure; not the reboot) to this very day. But what fun would it be if it were ever that simple? A new quote from Bale himself has opened up just a sliver of “what if?” conversation, and you can see the quote below.
In the newest Batman-heavy issues of Empire Magazine, Bale is quoted saying:
“My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it’s appropriate, I think it’s going out at the right time. But…if Chris came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’ then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work.”
There you have it. That teeny, tiny little door has been opened. Again, it’s pretty much set in stone that this will be the end for this cast and crew, but in Hollywood nothing is really all that surprising these days.
Oh, and to support this being the end for Nolan, he was also quoted in the new issue saying:
“What drew me to Batman in the first place was Bruce Wayne’s story, and that he’s a real character whose story begins in childhood. He’s not a fully formed character like James Bond, so what we’re doing is following the journey of this guy from a child who goes through this horrible experience of becoming this extraordinary character.
That, for me, became a three-part story. And obviously the third part becomes the ending of the guy’s story.”
So don’t get those hopes up too high for a fourth go of it with Nolan and Bale.
If you had the all-powerful choice to make, would you rather see Nolan and Bale return for a fourth Batman movie and risk tainting their legacy with a dud (assuming The Dark Knight Rises is as awesome as it looks)? Or would you decide to instead reboot the franchise with a new director and star?