Just two weeks after "Man of Steel" screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed that Christian Bale's Batman won't make an appearance in the planned-for "Justice League" movie, Bale himself has confirmed the news -- while also dashing hopes of a fourth installment in the "Dark Knight" franchise.
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three," Bale told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. "That's enough. Let's not get greedy."
He continued, "Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying, 'We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."
It's a refreshing point of view given how many superhero sequels get the green light; the dynamic duo of Bale and Nolan is practically unstoppable, so it seems smart to go out on a high note.
Bale also shot down any rumors that he might be returning to the DC fold by way of the "Justice League," saying, "I have no information, no knowledge about anything. ... I've literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a 'Justice League'movie, that's it."
"Justice League" hasn't even started filming yet, so there may be time to sway the Oscar winner. Meanwhile, we'll have plenty of Bale coming our way in the next few years: He's appearing in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" (although there's no telling when Malick will be done editing), "Out of the Furnace," and David O. Russell's "American Hustle."
As for Christopher Nolan, the writer/director is currently in pre-production on his next film, "Interstellar." That sci-fi flick is set for a November 2014 release.
[via EW h/t Variety]