Christian Bale Claims ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Will Be His Last Batman Film Ever


Christian Bale is talking Batman this weekend … but it may not be the news that you are wanting to hear. In a new interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bale claims that he has donned the Batman costume for the last time. According to Christian, principle filming of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises is now complete and he has taken off the famed Batman cowl for the last time … ever! Say it ain’t so!

Christian Bale is about to hang up his bat cape and pack away his codpiece for good. The 37-year-old actor has admitted that his days playing Batman are well and truly over. ‘I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that [Batman hood] off,’ the British actor said recently of the famous cowl. He told the Philippine Daily Inquirer: ‘I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished.’ He added: ‘It’s me and [director Christopher Nolan] – that will be the end of that Batman era.’ Bale has starred in three Batman films under Nolan’s direction: 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight and the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises. Other actors who have portrayed the superhero include George Clooney, Adam West, Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer. The films have made over a billion dollars worldwide; Batman Begins grossed $372 million while The Dark Knight raked in a staggering $1 billion due in part to the presence of deceased actor Heath Ledger. The Dark Knight Rises is expected to lean closer to its predecessor’s numbers at the box office when it hits theatres on July 20, 2012. The latest – and some say final – film in the franchise stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.

I dunno … they always say “I’m done, this is the last film”. But if the money and demand is there, I think there will be more Batman films … and if the price is right, then Christian Bale might be suiting up again. That being said, I do believe that he is “done” with playing Batman for now. I think 3 films feels right. He’s done an excellent job and has done the character proud. If he really is finished playing Batman, I’ll be a bit sad … but satisfied with his work. What do y’all think? Is Christian Bale done being Batman.


  • Sara

    I believe it, mostly because hasn’t Nolan said the same thing? If they want to end it at 3 movies that’s fair, it’s much better than dragging it out just for the money when the story has lost it’s luster. Can’t wait for this one!!!! Bane is going to rock my world. ;)

  • Jerd

    Finally an actor/director duo who know when to stop so that the reputation of the films lives on properly.
    Thank you so much.

  • Bounds

    Yes. This iteration of Batman is over. Nolan & Bale & Oldman & Freeman & Caine & Ledger & Murphy & Neeson & Hathaway & Levitt & Hardy have completed the trilogy. The cycle. The chronicles. But, Warner Brothers is not about to let their brightest intellectual property go hungry. The WB has already begun looking at a brand new take on Batman with a new set of visionary eyes. Most will be daunted, due to Nolan’s juggernaut run. Two years at the most will go by before the world will be ready for the next version. I maintain Darren Aronofsky would be my choice to bring a visceral reality to the series over the complex oeuvre from Nolan’s sophisticated palette.

    Batman is eternal. There will always be a Dark Knight waiting in the shadows…

    • Claire

      Settle down…

    • Lilah

      LMFAO…I know right…geeez

  • Megan

    Aww, these are the best Batman movies. I understand that it has to end sometimes and that it’s probably for the best but I am disappointed

  • Isabelle

    Well, we knew that already, they never hid that the 3rd one would be the last one.

  • Claire

    As much as I love these films, it’s probably best we never have to hear Bale’s ridiculous Batman voice after this.

    • nicole


    • JCZ


      See I really only love The Dark Knight, so far. I don’t think Batman Begins is amazing, it’s okay but better comic book movies out there. And I found Heath Ledger to really overshadow anyone else in The Dark Knight, including Batman.

      I just don’t think Bale was the greatest choice. He does not anything like a Playboy to me, then again if you don’t have any looks, money can get you almost anyone. But I was always found those scenes awkward and when he spoke as Batman, just weird. He did well, but I’d be glad to not see him again, rather in any movie…

  • Mike

    The first saga ended when Batman and Robin bombed away with fans and critics. This one will end on top. I think we will get a new saga of Batman and hopefully more takes on Joker, Penguin and Riddler this decade still. Take 2-4 years off. Come back with new, fresh talent. I love Heath but the Joker is the best Batman villain and just like Heath took the role from Jack Nicholson I think someone can do justice to Heath and make Joker’s return another success.

  • TonyD

    WB is still trying to get Superman off the ground, then they’re still looking at a Superman and Batman movie. I’m sure Bale would be their 1st choice for Batman, but I’m curious to see who else they may select from.

  • Bounds

    The voice. I wanted to explain that Batman voice. It’s in the original draft of the Goyer Batman Begins script. When he was creating his Batman suit, Bruce was looking to disguise his voice in case any locals identified him. The answer was voice amplification/modification mics in the triangle screw in cape holders. When Batman speaks, the mics amplify and distort his voice. Look at Batman Begins and take note of the cape holders on his collarbone. They are the mics. Same for the modified Dark Knight suit. Sadly, they never shot an exposition scene to explain it. Maybe in the third one they will due to all the Bat bashing.

    • Good explanation, if his voice sounded the least bit distorted or amplified. It simply sounds like he is growling and it it comes across really poorly. It was one of my biggest complaints of the lat movie.

  • How is this any different then all the other men who have been batman? People move on.