Christian Bale Reveals Why He Turned Down a Fourth Batman Movie

Christian Bale
Christian Bale poses at the 'Vice' (Vice - Der zweite Mann) premiere during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 11, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Editorial credit: Denis Makarenko /

Christian Bale wanted to fulfill the director Christopher Nolan‘s vision of only three ‘Batman‘ movies.

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy was a box-office hit. A fourth movie in the ‘Batman’ franchise did not seem possible. Christian Bale revealed Warner Bros. pitched a film to follow 2012’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

In an interview with the ‘Toronto Sun,’ Christian Bale, who starred as Batman for a total of seven years, revealed he rejected the notion of doing another movie. Bale wanted to fulfill’s Christopher Nolan’s wishes and only do three films.

“When they came [to us after ‘Batman Begins’] and said, ‘You want to go make another?’ It was fantastic, but we still said, ‘This is it. We will not get another opportunity,’” he said. “Then they came, and they said, ‘OK, let’s do the third one.’ Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three, we would stop. ‘Let’s walk away after that,’ he said. Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a No. 4?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’ dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth.’”

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale’s Dark Knight trilogy started in 2005. ‘The Dark Knight’ in 2008 and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012 and the franchises is a coming-of-age story for the caped crusader. The franchise features such villains as Ra’s al Ghul, Scarecrow, Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Joker, and Bane, the introduction of Catwoman and Talia al Ghul and Batman’s eventual retirement.

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