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Christian Bale says 'The Dark Knight Rises' will be 'the last time' he plays Batman

Christian Bale isn’t sure that he’ll be heading back to Gotham after The Dark Knight Rises. “This will be, I believe, until Chris [Nolan] says different, the last time I’ll be playing Batman,” Bale told E!. “Absolutely, we want to go all out with it.”

“I don’t even know if [The Dark Knight Rises is] the right title,” Bale said. “Until Chris tells me, I don’t believe it.”

Bale was not expected to play Batman forever; his contract called for three films. But since the actual plot details for TDKR – if that is it’s real name – are so tantalizingly vague, Bale’s confirmation of something – anything – concrete attracts some added significance.

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Originally posted November 23 2010 — 11:25 AM EST

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