'The Dark Knight Rises' Not the Last Batman for Christian Bale?

The actor also reveals his feelings about Tom Hardy joining the upcoming sequel.
Christian Bale isn't opposed to Batman 4
Christian Bale isn't opposed to Batman 4
It has long been speculated that The Dark Knight Rises would be the last Batman movie for both director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale. But Christian Bale isn't opposed to donning the cowl a fourth time after The Dark Knight Rises. Though, he will only do it if Christopher Nolan is still behind the whole operation.

Christian Bale recently spoke out on his feelings about a proposed Batman 4. Here is what he had to say:

"All I know is the likelihood that this will be the last one. Well, I wouldn't say definitely. If Chris goes, "Hey, I've got another story I think could be interesting," then yeah, great, I'd go do that. I always assumed it would be three, but I could be wrong. I don't know if there's something wrong with me, but I don't feel any pressure."


Bale then spoke about the casting of Tom Hardy as Bane:

"[Tom Hardy] seems like he's balls-out, doesn't he? Like he really goes for it. He looked like a guy that was happy to go to extremes, to really push it. Looks like he could go the distance..."

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.



Sources: Empire Magazine

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  1. Ryan Moran

    hes the best badman i think he should keep playing as him

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  2. Pjwolsker

    i cant get enough of that picture. since they did a marvel zombies they should go for a DC zombies haha. i can picture it now Darkseid, Lex, or Joker create a zombie type virus and they infect Superman or some other hero and it spreads around the world and only 1 or 2 heros are left to save the world ha

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  3. ejk1

    Hush is difficult, especially because Heart of Hush takes place in the middle of Grant Morrison's two year Black Glove arc(which was confusing until all gaps were filled in at the end. Breathtaking done.), and right before the Final Crisis, so the context would be difficult. I believe some references to The Black Glove and Jezebel Jet would have to be excised, something DC may be loathe to do.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    oh, I;ve seen em, and Red Hood was epic by bat standards... The way robin going bad and the way they portrayed Joker was genius

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. Dan

    @Bawn I don't believe they've touched on Hush yet with the animated movies, but Red Hood and Gotham Knight are worth checking out (on top of the older movies).

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm surprised DC hasn't animated these story arcs yet

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. slysnide

    @ejk1: I know Riddler wasn't in the sequel, I was just referencing that in that one, you learn more about Hush's backstory. And even on the bridge in the end, he still bitches about the promise. I recall your point about jealosy too, but he also mentioned still hating Bruce over that. Thus, it seemed rather odd for such a patient & calculating guy to have that much illegitimate hatred. Hence, he's got some deep psychological issues, as his alias suggests. lolz

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  8. ejk1

    Actually, Riddler wasn't in Heart of Hush. That was all Hush and Scarecrow, whom Tommy Eliot knew as his childhood psychologist. Also, @Sly, you're forgetting that his mother was paralyzed in the car accident, and became truly overbearing, further warping Eliot's already sick brain. It wasn't the promise that angered Tommy, it was jealousy. He was jealous after Bruce's parents were killed, because that is what he desired for himself; Tommy wanted to inherit his fortune very early. That, combined with the way his mother treated him, drove young Tommy completely insane. And he blamed Bruce for having it all, which is ironic, since Bruce would have done anything to still see his parents alive.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Dan

    @Bawn I am also one of the converted with comic books. Welcome, brother :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I've always followed DC with their tv series, so I;ve never really had a comic book, but, dang, i'm gonna start now :D

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Sly, Holy f*ck dude!!!!!!

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. slysnide

    It's nice to hear my opinion is valued here. ;)

    @Bawn: Hush, aka Tommy Elliot, was Bruce Wayne's childhood friend whom also lived the rich life. They liked playing a stratego like game where Tommy taught Bruce to spring upon his enemies weaknesses. While in Metropolis with Thomas Wayne, they chased down Green Lantern and Thomas disciplined them for not staying put, and instead they shared a less than great time in an apartment. One night, a car accident left Tommy's father dead, but his mother was alive. Tommy was furious at Bruce for promising his father would do his best to save his parents, being a famous surgeon. Flash forward a few decades and Elliot & Bruce haven't seen each other in eons. An injury on Bats' part reunites them since Elliot's the best doctor around. A series of bizarre misdeeds by Batman's foes which are out of character for their MOs is revealed to be a plan by Hush to exhaust and torment Bruce physically & psychologically. Hush is revealed to be Tommy Elliot, whom hates Bruce for the promise. It turns out he cut the brakes on his parent's car, loving that his father died, but lamenting that his mother did as he had to then wait till her slow cancer death till he could claim her fortune, unline Bruce. Despite his apparent rage over his father's death, this version is the truth. Batman & Hush battle on a bridge and a 'ressurected' Harvey Dent guns down Hush into the river where his body isn't recovered. It's revealed that Hush reversed Two-Face's insanity by using his own surgical skills to tend to his brain & face, thus unintentionally reawakening the good man that was Harvey Dent, whom used Gordon's gun to slay Hush, making it look like a good deed by a good detective, since Harvey obviously wouldn't be legit again cuz of his new leaf mentality. Hush returned in "Heart of Hush" where it was revealed that his loving parents were actually abusive alcoholics, making Elliot's attemptive murder of them more sympathetic. However, his years of rage over a pitiful promise is bizarre, considering if he were intelligent enough to pull off his long lasting revenge scheme, that therefore he shoulda been able to see that the promise was just a way to make him feel better. Alas, it was Riddler who did most of the work, providing Hush with the intel on the villains to plan the revenge scheme for the sake of satisfying his own narcissism. Riddler himself used a Lazarus Pit to cure cancer and had the epiphany of who Batman really was, thus making his allegiance with Hush possible. Batman uncovered Riddler as the grand architect in the end, and threatened he'd reveal to Ra's al Ghul who used his Lazarus Pit if Riddler tried anything else.

    However, when all's said and done, Riddler did most of the work, and Hush just stood by watching until he pulled a gun in the climax, making him very lackluster. His backstory makes him more interesting. Although I admit, he looks badass. So if Aronofsky makes, say one or two flicks to set up other villains and allies for Batman, then a good Hush story could be fleshed out for a decent closure to a different trilogy, albeit IF he uses Elliot in Parts 1 & 2 of said trilogy to make it more emotional of a resolution without flashbacks. But that's just me. ;)

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  13. Dan

    @Bawn just got the 411 on Hush for sho with that question :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Narrator,@ejk1 and @Supes, again, thanks ;)

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. the Narrator

    @Bawn, after reading Hush and Heart of Hush, and if you're unable to find anything else on him, there's always comicvine.com. It won't give you the full experience of the issues that @ejk suggested, but it should fill in the gaps between Hush and heart of Hush just fine.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Ok, other than amazon, where can I find accurate ones?

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. ejk1

    Well, I buy the issues, not trades, so volumes I'm not sure of, but Hush Money is where they deal with Hush shortly after Bruce's disappearance after Final Crisis, and House of Hush has been the arc from about #13-19(which came out this past Wednesday). I don't think Leviathan had anything to do with Hush, but I am not sure.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Batman: Streets of Gotham Vol. 1: Hush Money, Batman: Streets of Gotham Vol. 2: Leviathan and
    Batman: Streets of Gotham Vol. 3: The House of Hush, are these it?

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. ejk1

    @Bawn, what Supes said, and if you can find the last six issues of Batman: Streets of Gotham, where the story arc "House of Hush" has been playing out.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Supes, as usual, thanks

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Daveactor7

    @Moviegeek if the third is a success it wont be like spiderman. I just blame Spiderman 3 for the cause of the reboot :P

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  22. Dan

    @Bawn "Hush" and "Heart of Hush". Boom.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. moviegeek

    I have a feeling that Nolan might end up producing a fourth Batman pic. What's nice is that if Bale signs on to a fourth, it will save us from a hasty reboot (cough cough, Spiderman.)

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  24. Jay.A.Ottley

    @Dave LOOOOOL

    The Lord Of The Moviewebs: The Return Of The @Sly

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  25. Daveactor7

    @Bawn lets wait till @Sly gets here

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm not too familiar with Hush, anyone recommend a story arc to get to know the villain>

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Jay.A.Ottley

    What's reaching @Supes?

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  28. Dan

    @Jay You are reaching, man. That all sounds good in theory, and I'm sure Aronofsky wouldn't mind doing it maybe several years down the line, but that is all well wishes and hopes.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. Pjwolsker

    If Aronfonsky directed Batman, he would turn it into a mindf*ck just like black swan and requiem for a dream ha

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  30. Jay.A.Ottley

    @Dave DUDE DON'T YOU THINK I KNOW THAT :D

    The though of Darren Aronfonsky doing Hush is just enough excitement to drag you to the cinema on opening day

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag