With plenty of new footage coming out for The Dark Knight Rises, the highly anticipated sequel still has its share of rumors. Could certain characters actually be playing other roles? What will happen at the end of the film? Will Bane meet a demise similar to Harvey Dent? There’s still plenty of questions that fans are looking forward to answers of when the feature hits theaters, but one of those untested questions happen to be whether or not this really is the end for the Nolan era. Now, Christian Bale has spoken up on whether or not the series is definitively over, or there’s still a chance the series may have one last run.
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One of the biggest rumors coming out of the Bat-gate this past week is that Nolan may kill off the titular Bat at the end of the film to shock audiences. Collider’s Matt Goldberg wrote an extraordinary piece on the subject that is purely his opinion, but a great number of comments following that have seemingly made the notion a tangible one. Test audiences have been said by Jonathan Nolan to be crying, and that the ending is something against really what a commercial franchise has done before.
And while that may weigh some substantial evidence in the “Batman dies” corner, Christian Bale meanwhile spoke with Empire regarding a possible fourth film. His answer? Well, let’s just say it certainly throws the rumor into possible pasture. “My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it’s appropriate, I think it’s going out at the right time. But…if Chris came to me with a script and said, ‘You know what? There is another story’ then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work.”
Now, we should keep in mind as well that there is still the very early set pictures of The Lazarus Pit and the still persistent speculation that Marion Cotillard’s character of Miranda Tate is actually Talia al Ghul. Perhaps all three link up to a resurrection of the hero after all?
As for a fourth film, it’s certainly not out of a realm of possibility. Should Nolan find a story that he’s very passionate about, he’ll likely rally the troops in a heartbeat, and fans everywhere can rejoice. But, given the fact that the marketing has gone so far to call The Dark Knight Rises the “conclusion” of the Nolan-Batman franchise, a next one seems ultimately unlikely. Then again, Warner Brothers could have plenty of pull in a possible sequel scenario.
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