Christian Bale set to quit Batman after third movie
Christine Bale, the actor, has admitted that the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises could well be his last.
The 37-year-old, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he hung up his cape and would not be reprising the role.
"I wrapped a few days ago, so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl [Batman hood] off," Bale told the newspaper during an interview in Beverly Hills.
"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."
The latest Batman film is Bale's third stint as Gotham's Caped Crusader and for director Christopher Nolan, after the pair worked together on "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Dark Knight" (2008).
It isn't the first time that Bale has talked of ending his run as the superhero.
Bale told E! News in November one year ago that "unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I'm playing Batman."
Bale, who received an Oscar last year for his supporting performance in "The Fighter," next appears on the big screen in Zhang Yimou's China-set period drama "The Flowers of War."
He'll also star in two films from "Tree of Life" director Terrence Malick.
Joining Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises" are Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway, as Catwoman.
Film actors who have preceded Bale in the dual role of Batman and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, include Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.