For those yet to see the new "Dark Knight Rises" movie and wait to avoid spoilers, you may want to save this one for later. In a recent interview with MTV, Christian Bale discussed the future of the franchise for Batman, as well as one key character who shows up in the latest film.
As Dark Knight spoilers have revealed that Christopher Nolan's Batman movies will be no more, they have left the door open for possibilities from other directors, in the future. In the latest interview, Bale is asked about the possibilities of the franchise being revived and someone else taking over the role of Batman. Bale was quick to welcome the idea of future interpretations of the character, saying:
"I'm very intrigued to see other interpretations of it, at this point. There have been many wonderful ones Adam West did a fantastic job spoofing it and I am being sincere. And we returned to the darkness, which I'm told is what Bob Kane intended it to be when he created this. Chris has managed to make it topical, well for Bob Kane it was topical for World War II. So it will be very interesting to see what somebody else does with the character and I'll be the first one there to watch."
Another thing that Bale had mentioned before during interviews was that there wouldn't be a Robin in this franchise during his watch. Bale laughed about that one, responding:
"I was talking out of turn some what. Because, ya know what? Regardless what my wishes would have been it was not my choice and never was."
Based on a few other things that happened in the film, it's clear actors couldn't exactly offer up who was going to be showing up. For example, Miranda Tate is known to be in the movie, and appears for most of it, but then reveals herself to be Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra al Ghul, who trained Bruce Wayne to become the Dark Knight. This was one of the major plot twists, along with cop John Blake appearing throughout the film, and then inheriting the Bat Cave in the very end.
So Bale may have lied, or he may have been trying to throw off the media and comic fans so they could enjoy the film more. Marion Cotillard had previously denied she would be playing Talia al Ghul in the film, probably to throw off people as well. So when it comes down to it, it's really about the actors, cast and crew not revealing major spoilers to those who want to enjoy the film when they see it.
As for the role of Batman, Adam West and Michael Keaton were predecessors to Bale's interpretation, and both were considered classic heroes. Many fans loved the original Batman movie starring Keaton, Kim Basinger, and Jack Nicholson, as well as West's TV and movie character. Bale's recent version has been among the most popular due to the level of ingenuity and craftsmanship in the newest trilogy. Right now, it's sad to see Nolan's series finished, but there's always potential for someone to do something "bigger and better" than before.
Who would you like to see play Batman in a future series, or do you think it will be tough to ever come close to the performance of Christian Bale in the role?
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