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Christian Bale Wants a Fourth Batman Film

Christian BaleChristian Bale would ''love the challenge'' of playing Batman for a fourth time.

The actor portrays the Caped Crusader and his alter ego Bruce Wayne for the third time in The Dark Knight Rises and though it is expected to be the final film in director Christopher Nolan's series, the 38-year-old star hasn't ruled out returning to the character again in the future.

"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," he said.

However, the director appears to have suggested there definitely won't be a fourth movie, saying the third film marks the "end" of the superhero's story: "What drew me to Batman in the first place was Bruce Wayne's story, and that he's a real character whose story begins in childhood. He's not a fully formed character like James Bond, so what we're doing is following the journey of this guy from a child who goes through this horrible experience of becoming this extraordinary character. That, for me, became a three-part story. And obviously the third part becomes the ending of the guy's story."

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Christian Bale Will Miss the Batman Suit

Christian BaleChristian Bale will miss his Batman suit, despite its heat and the headaches it caused him.

The Dark Knight Rises star appears as the caped crusader for the last time in the final instalment of the trilogy, and although the character's trademark black suit was awkward to swear, it has a special place in his heart.

"For all the discomfort and the heat and the sweat and the headaches and everything from it, when you sit back and watch the movie at the end of the day, you go: 'Well, that's f***ing cool.' I will miss that, it was a good bit of rubber," he said.

Meanwhile Christian's co-star, Anne Hathaway, who plays Batman's adversary, Catwoman, in the film was excited when she saw the clever way they worked her character's cat ears into the costume, as they are a pair of goggles which flip up when not used, to look like points on the top of her head: "I got chills when I saw that. I was so happy they had such a clever solution to a really iconic but sometimes unnecessary part of the costume."

The Dark Knight Rises - which also stars Tom Hardy as supervillain Bane - is in theaters in July.


Christopher Nolan Feels Responsibility to Batman Fans

Christopher NolanChristopher Nolan feels a "tremendous challenge and responsibility" to finish his Batman trilogy in a satisfactory way.

The director is preparing for the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final installment in his series of films, and he admitted the pressure the getting to him.

"We feel a tremendous challenge and responsibility to finish our story. We have to give the audiences something they haven't seen before, but also fulfill their expectations of what they enjoyed in the first two films. That's the tricky balance," he said.

The movie was filmed across the globe with locations in the US, UK and India and Christopher revealed this was a conscious decision because he wanted a "broader canvas."

"With a sequel there is always the challenge of trying to meet or indeed exceed expectations. And some of those are based on the size, scale and world of the film. We traveled to many different places because we wanted to give it a broader canvas," he added.


Tim Burton: My Batman Movies Were Lighthearted

On the set Batman Returns

Tim Burton believes his Batman movies are like a "lighthearted romp" compared to Christopher Nolan's rebooted versions. The Dark Shadows filmmaker was in charge of 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, which he believes were a lot lighter than Christopher's latest installments of the superhero movie, The Dark Knight and the forthcoming follow up The Dark Knight Rises.

"I always get told that my material is dark, but nowadays my version of Batman looks like a lighthearted romp in comparison to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight."

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Michelle Pfeiffer Excited About Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Anne Hathaway and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman

Michelle Pfeiffer thinks Anne Hathaway will make a fantastic Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.

Michelle played the role in Batman Returns and is thrilled Anne will tackle the formidable character in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan-directed movie because she can "go to the dark places" needed for the villainess: "I think she's great. I'm actually very much looking forward to seeing her in that role. I'm a big fan of hers and I think she has everything you need for that role. She has the humor, she can go to dark places, she's obviously very talented. I think she's going to be really good."

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New Spider-Man, Batman Teaser Posters

The Amazing Spider-Man

With all the excitement building around the upcoming Iron Man sequel and The Avengers, it's easy to see why Marvel Entertainment didn't want you to forget about their lone wall-crawling superhero, offering up a new teaser poster for The Amazing Spider-Man. Warner Bros. followed suit by unveiling a new teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises -- because DC has superheroes, too, lest you forget.

While Andrew Garfield looks promising as the new Spidey (as far as the wall posing goes, anyway), things don't look too good for Batman if the film's poster featuring Tom Hardy's Bane is intended to shed light on the plot.

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The Dark Knight Rises Extra Dies on Set

Filming The Dark Knight Rises

Tragedy strikes during production of The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Brothers confirmed that an unidentified male extra passed away from natural causes on the set of the new Batman film.

"The studio can confirm that a male extra passed away while on a break during an off-set crowd rehearsal for a sequence with several hundred extras in early November. The production crew fully cooperated with the authorities' investigation, which established that he died of natural causes," a studio representative said.

Sources reveal that the man's unconscious body was found after he had walked away from the other extras; a medical crew was called immediately. "He was taken to the hospital straight away... It was during a period when the film was shooting a huge sequence with several hundred extras in the Wall Street area," a source said.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Batman Role Revealed

Joseph Gordon-LevittThe cast for the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is rounding out nicely. The mystery surrounding actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has finally been cleared up: he’ll be playing Gotham City beat cop John Blake.

Marion Cotillard’s role as Miranda Tate has also been officiliazed by Warner Bros. Tate is a board member for Wayne Enterprises who will assist Bruce Wayne in his philanthropic efforts for the city.

It was previously announced that Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman and Tom Hardy will portray Bane. After The Dark Knight Rises, the entire Batman film franchise will be re-booted with a new cast (and main hero).

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Batman Reboot Already Scheduled

Batman RebootDoesn’t this take away some of the excitement of The Dark Knight Rises? Warner Bros. has already announced it will re-boot the Batman movie franchise (for the fourth time) after the newest sequel in the current storyline plays out. The hero will be reinvented, again, for the big screen. An entirely new cast and crew will address the epic comic book icon in future feature films.

Christian Bale’s last turn as the Caped Crusader will come to theaters July 20, 2012.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Dark Knight” Role Revealed

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Dark Knight role revealedWhen Joseph Gordon-Levitt was first reported to be re-joining forces with his Inception director, Christopher Nolan, for the next installment in the Dark Knight series, Dark Knight Rises, speculation ran rampant regarding the character he'd be playing. The two villains mostly mentioned were The Riddler, an iconic character in Batman's rogue gallery, and Deadshot. However, according to Variety, Gordon-Levitt will play Alberto Falcone also known as The Holiday Killer, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, a role played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins.

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