Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale, 37, who starred as Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego Batman, has said he will not be playing Batman anymore after the "The Dark Knight Rises."
Christian Bale, in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, said:
"I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking the cowl off. 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."
Bale, under direction of Christopher Nolan, starred in the 2005 film Batman Begins, 2008 film The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan's Batman films have been very successful, making over a billion dollars worldwide. Batman Begins grossed $372 million, while The Dark Knight grossed an amazing $ 1 billion dollars.
The third and possibly final film in the series The Dark Knight Rises, is expected to hit theaters on July 20, 2012, and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levit, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.
Bale, according to Daily Mail, said about co-star Gordon-Levitt, who plays good cop John Blake, "Joseph is a very intriguing guy. He's somebody who truly seems to love acting."
Bale said Anne Hathaway, 29, had the most difficult role to play as the Catwoman. Bale, according to The Hollywood Reporter, praised Hathaway:
"When Chris watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job. 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."