When this reinvention of the Batman story began in 2005 Christian Bale signed on for a three-movie contract with Warner Bros. Christian Bale spoke about the possibility of a Batman 3 with Entertainment Weekly the other day and this is what he had to say:
So do you think there will be a part 3 of Batman?
Um, look, let’s wait and see…
Or, I guess it’d be part 7.
No, no, no, no, no. [Smiling] Part 3 is what I’d consider it, yeah, I don’t say part 7. Batman begins — that was the beginning there, with all due respect to the others. We are re-creating this. You know, obviously the decision is out of my hands. I would, knowing the Dark Knight story, I would like very much to complete a trilogy. And I think that knowing the story of The Dark Knight, it leaves you anticipating something that really can get very, very interesting for a third. Now, the question would be: Is Chris going to be doing it? Because to me I find it tricky to imagine working on it without it being a collaboration with Chris.
The most interesting part of this interview is where Bale says “I find it tricky to imagine working on it without being in a collaboration with Chris [Nolan]”, because it has been rumoured that Christopher Nolan would direct the third part to the trilogy if the studios promised it would be the last Batman film EVER!!!
Now I find that a ridiculous request to ask from the studios, because even if they decide that even after all of the revenue they would supposedly make from the second and third film, which would tempt them to make a fourth, they not make a fourth now. After a decade or more what is to stop another writer/director/studio wanting to revisit the character again, even if this coming film would have no reference to “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “Batman 3”??? That would be just as ridiculous as you sitting in a car at Jack Rabbit Slims wanting to ask Mrs. Wallace only if she promises not to be offended. So either Chris Nolan should do the third film with Bale or not, and let the studios continue on their usual business, and hope the studio decides not to revisit the character for now at least.