We all knew it was coming (though we admit we've lived in complete denial about it), but for those of us who still hoped that Christian Bale would reconsider and return for further adventures of the Caped Crusader down the line after the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, those hopes have just been crushed.
This is what Christian Bale recently revealed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, confirming that both he and director Christopher Nolan are bowing out of the franchise after the third film:
"I wrapped [up The Dark Knight Rises] a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and [director] Chris Nolan—that will be the end of that Batman era."
So what does that mean for Batman's future?
Will Warner Bros. simply end the Dark Knight's adventures then and there, or will they go for yet another reboot of the franchise in order to make Batman fit into the world of the recent Green Lantern movie and the highly anticipated Man of Steel (not due out until June 14, 2013), starring Henry Cavill as the new Superman?
With the recent rumors circulating that Warner Bros. and DC Comics are still very much interested in making that Justice League movie for around 2015/2016, they'll have to recast the role—unless, of course, Christian Bale can be persuaded to reprise the iconic role of playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne by day and dark caped crusader Batman by night with a monstrous amount of cold, hard cash (which in all honesty we doubt Bale would accept).
Still, an amazing chapter will be closing with the departures of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale—the best Batman ever, in our humble opinion—and we're rather sad it'll be all ending with The Dark Knight Rises.
How about you? Are you disappointed about this news? Or are you rather looking forward to see who could play Batman next?
The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released on July 20, 2012.
(via Ace Showbiz)