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.