Christian Bale: 'Dark Knight Rises' is 'end of that Batman era'

christian-bale-dark-knight-rises.jpg Christian Bale, who has appeared as the caped crusader in what many consider the finest big-screen version of the Batman franchise, recently said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer that "The Dark Knight Rises" is going to be his last time as Batman.

"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl [Batman hood] 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," says Bale.

He goes on to say that playing Batman "was enjoyable."

We suppose we didn't think Bale would go on playing Batman forever, but we're still pretty disappointed to realize this next movie is the end.

Bale also talks about his "Dark Knight Rises" co-stars in the interview. He says of Anne Hathaway, who just announced her engagement to Adam Shulman, on the role of Catwoman:

"In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us. In my case, I've stopped referencing outside sources. I now reference Chris' own world of Batman as a guide to what I will continue doing."

Of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bale says, "Joseph is a very intriguing guy ... He's somebody who truly seems to love acting. He's a good, smart guy. He did a very good job in the movie."

"The Dark Knight Rises" is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release.

Photo/Video credit: Warner Bros.
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