People who are dying for Christopher Nolan to come back for another Batman movie need not fret - this isn't news that he isn't coming back. But rather Batman himself, Christian Bale, saying that he has to do another one even if Nolan doesn't come back (which, let's not forget, is entirely a possibility).
In an interview with Total Film recently, Bale gave his latest thoughts on the next Batman movie, commenting on such things as his being tied to the franchise (for now, anyway), how Nolan might not come back and that the next movie should be just as good as the last one.
Here's what Bale had to say:
"Will we do a third movie? It's got to be the right story. You can't make something like 'The Dark Knight' and then come out with something disappointing."
"I would like it if people say, 'You'll never make a good third movie.' I say, 'OK, let's make a third movie in that case, let's prove them wrong. But that's just me. The fact is, I have to! I've signed up! Chris [Nolan] doesn't. So I'm in a bit of a fix if he says he doesn't want to!"
On a related note, Bale went on to talk about the issue of technology within Nolan's Batman universe:
"With technology, there's a balance with everything. In 'The Dark Knight,' the triangulation and the mobile phones, when Batman asks Lucius to use it, Lucius says, ‘After this I will quit. I will not have anything to do with this.'"
"It's like the eavesdropping, the illegal wire tapping going on at the NSA. There are limits... It is technology. But as with anything, it should all be in moderation..."
Even though I'm sure Bale loves playing one of the best superheroes of all time (my personal favorite by far), and loves playing him in this new, more realistic and grittier world that's been created, it sounds like what he enjoys most is working with Nolan. Using such phrases as, "I have to," and, "I'm in a bit of a fix," doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the fact that he honestly and truly wants to do another one without Nolan on-board.
However, as he says, he has to do it, because that's what he signed up for. I think he probably did that thinking he'd most likely end up doing the three with Nolan, but as we all know there's still that niggling fact that Nolan hasn't actually signed up for the third one yet, so it leaves the possibility fully open that he may bail (get it?) on coming back to direct.
Which would be very disappointing, indeed. Nolan took a pretty much dead franchise and breathed new life into it with Batman Begins, a movie so damn good that many had doubts that he would be able to top it with the next one. And yet in an almost "Just watch how good I can make it," way, Nolan delivered us The Dark Knight. Not only a film of technical brilliance, comic book movie or not, but that ended up being one of the most profitable movies in history.
So both fan and studio won on that one...
Do I think Nolan will come back for another one? I honestly think he will, not just because he'll give in to the pressure (pretty much everyone wants him to come back...), but because I believe he truly loves making movies about the famous dark knight. I don't have any doubt that a genuinely quality story can be conjured (there were even reports that Nolan and his brother Jonathan actually have the script underway already), an aspect Nolan has stressed on many occasions would be the true reason for doing another one, and perhaps they can even top what has come before.
It's hard to imagine, though...
What do you think about Bale reluctantly doing another Batman if Nolan isn't coming back? Do you think Nolan should do another one?