'Dark Knight Rises' Christian Bale: 'Another Batman movie is possible'
Published May 29 2012, 12:32 BST | By Daniel Sperling The Dark Knight Rises
star Christian Bale
has revealed that he would be open to making a fourth Batman movie with Christopher Nolan.
The upcoming third instalment of Nolan's superhero series, currently being promoted with the tagline "the legend ends", is expected to be his last.
However, Bale - who has said in the past that he will not play Batman without Nolan - stated that he would enjoy the "challenge" of pushing the Dark Knight
"My understanding is that this is the last one," he told Empire
. "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."
Last month, Nolan confirmed that he still intends to leave the Batman franchise after The Dark Knight Rises
, saying: "Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story.
"And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story... is useful."
Warner Bros chief Jeff Robinov announced in March 2011 that the studio will "have to reinvent Batman"
after The Dark Knight Rises
Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas have been tipped to produce a future reboot.The Dark Knight Rises
will hit cinemas in the UK and US on July 20.
Watch the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises