Set for release in July, the film is Bale’s third stint as Gotham’s Caped Crusader for director Christopher Nolan, after Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).“I wrapped a few days ago, so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” Bale told the newspaper during an interview in Beverly Hills. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris — that will be the end of that Batman era.”
The 37-year-old actor’s comments weren’t his first indication that he might have reached the end of the Batmobile ride. Bale told E! News in November one year ago that, “Unless Chris says differently, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.”
Bale, who received an Oscar last year for his supporting performance in The Fighter, next appears on the big screen in Zhang Yimou’s China-set period drama The Flowers of War. He’ll also star in two films from Tree of Life director Terrence Malick.
Joining Bale in The Dark Knight Rises are Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.
Film actors who have preceded Bale in the dual role of Batman and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, include Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2011.