It's been confirmed since March that The Dark Knight Rises will be Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie, at least as a director. We expected as much, but now Christian Bale has confirmed that he is following suit, telling The Phillipine Daily Inquirer – oh yes, The Phillipine Daily Inquirier – that the film will be his last as well.
Quoth the Bale: "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off […] I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”
Wiping away a single tear would be the manly thing to do, but you're welcome to weep openly. We won't judge.
Of course, as previously reported, the plan is to reboot the Batman franchise again after The Dark Knight Rises, to make room for a more superhero-friendly DC movie universe. Nolan's films are of course critically acclaimed and, thus far at least, totally awesome, but they're also so grounded in "the real world" that putting Christian Bale in the same room as Green Lantern – which could already use a reboot itself – would be pretty damned weird.
We believe this song sums up our feelings.
Sniff! Excuse us, we've got something in our eyes…
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