Christian Bale and Christopher Nolanâ€™s trio of Dark Knight films is still widely regarded as the greatest trilogy in the history of the comic-book genre.Â
So it is little surprise then that, after receiving critical acclaim, as well as grossing around $2.5 billion at the box office combined, Nolan and Bale were approached about making a fourthÂ BatmanÂ movie.
Bale has now revealed why he turned the chance to return as Bruce Wayne again, insisting that it would have been â€œoverindulgentâ€ to do so.Â
â€œWe never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time,â€ Bale recently told theÂ Toronto Sun. â€œThatâ€™s something Chris would always talk about. Heâ€™d say, â€˜This is it. Weâ€™re making one film. Thatâ€™s all weâ€™ve gotâ€™.â€
â€œThen when they came and said, â€˜You want to go make another?â€™, it was fantastic but we still said, â€˜This is it. We will not get another opportunityâ€™. Then they came and they said, â€˜OK, letâ€™s do a third oneâ€™. Chris had always said to me that if we were fortunate enough to be able to make three we would stop. â€˜Letâ€™s walk away after thatâ€™, he said.â€
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After the success of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, Bale and Nolan were indeed approached about a fourth movie.
But Bale refused it by saying, â€œNo. We had to stick to Chrisâ€™ dream, which was always to hopefully do a trilogy. Letâ€™s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth.â€
Since then Bale has appealed in American Hustle, The Big Short, Hostiles, and Vice, while he can now be seen in Le Mans â€™66, which has once again seen Bale touted as a Best Actor contender at the Oscars.Â