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Entertainment Weekly asked actor Christian Bale if he was going to reprise his role as Batman in the new Justice League movie, which is due in 2015 and will team up Batman, Superman, and other DC comic heroes. This has been a question since the movie was just a rumor in someone's ear, and we get the answer from the Dark Knight himself:
“We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That’s enough. Let’s not get greedy,” says Bale, who called EW to promote his upcoming revenge drama Out of the Furnace (in theaters Nov. 27). “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.”
The actor says he hasn’t even been involved in official talks about a Justice League movie. ”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.” But he says he’s not sad to pass Batman’s cowl into new hands: “It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”
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Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan racked up quite a successful trilogy in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and last year's The Dark Knight Rises. The ending of the final movie wrapped up the trilogy nicely, and it's good to hear that Nolan and Bale are willing to put the movies behind them and let someone else reboot the character.
The existence of Justice League is a no-brainer, given the success of Marvel's The Avengers which teamed up many successful comic book heroes from the Marvel camp, and the recent success of the Superman movie Man of Steel. Unfortunately for DC Comics, the other superheroes haven't gotten the same screen time as their Marvel counterparts. Only Green Lantern has been featured in a movie, and it didn't go all that well, so he will have to be rebooted and, at the very least, Wonder Woman needs to finally get her movie, in order for them to hope for an Avenger's style level of hype.
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