In a recent interview for the Toronto Sun, actor Christian Bale revealed that Warner Bros. expressed their interest to continue The Dark Knight franchise after the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises movie back in 2012 but they failed to move on with the forth installment of the series because of an agreement between Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan.
“When Warner. Bros called me about a forth Dark Knight movie, i refused. I told them we need to respect Chris’ dream, who wanted a trilogy and wanted things to remain like this. I told them that it’s better not to string it along, that it wouldn’t be responsible. After this I was informed that they no longer need my services” Christian Bale said.
Christian Bale also says that three Dark Knight movies were not even in the books at the beginning. The studio decided to move forward with a sequel despite the weak box office results of Batman Begins. The first Batman movie starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman had a budget of $150 million and only grossed $373,4 million.
“After the first movie they called me and told me they are ok with the sequel and it was fantastic. We thought this is an opportunity we’re never going to get again. Then they asked for the third part. However Chris already decided that if we’re going the trilogy we’re going to stop” Christian Bale also added.
Christopher Nolan is now working on an original production called Tenet, which will premier next year in July.