Bale Says ‘Batman 3’ Will Be Nolan Free?

NolanThere were a lot of rumors about the third Batman movie floating around after The Dark Knight’s success last year- Johnny Depp as The Riddler, Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin… but will there even be a third movie?

Well, Christian Bale certainly doesn’t know. I truly don’t know that we’re ever going to see another Batman movie,” he said to MTV while promoting “Public Enemies”. He went on to explain that Nolan wouldn’t make another movie without a good story. “…if he can’t find that, then it wouldn’t happen,” Bale concluded.

Even if there were to be a third Batman movie, Bale is contractually obligated to reprise his role as Batman. But Christopher Nolan isn’t signed on to direct the next one, even though these last two films have been the brainchild of him and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan.

Why wouldn’t Nolan return? A source for the website Batman-on-Film reports that “The death of Heath Ledger in January of 2008 rocked Mr. Nolan hard. So hard that Chris was convinced that TDK was going to be it for him and Batman on film.”

So while Nolan might be rumored to be working on ideas for the next film with his brother and David Goyer, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll directing this time around. Regardless, we won’t have any news let alone see a new Batman flick until Nolan finishes up Inception, which is currently in production and will hit theaters July 16th, 2010.

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