This is non-news, dear reader. You know it and I know it. The only people who don’t seem to know it are the other 99% of movie bloggers in the world who are treating this as if it doesn’t serve as some logical conclusion. Christopher Nolan has made it no secret that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last Batman film, a likely perfect bookend to a trilogy that has set a new standard in the world of comic adaptations. There’s no reason why his star, Christian Bale won’t retire from the franchise, as well. That said, I really wanted to write that title.

The interesting thing is that by starring in a third Batman film, Bale will become the longest running cinematic Dark Knight. Adam West will always hold the small screen title with over 120 episodes in cape and cowl, but he only starred in one film (1966’s Batman). Michael Keaton is reigning champ, with both Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Val Kilmer and George Clooney each lasted one film.

The question now becomes whether or not Bale will be remembered as one of the great Batmans, or whether he was just a decent actor who got attached to a great director’s vision for The Dark Knight. One more movie left to go before we know for sure.

Source: E! Online

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