While promoting his new racing flick Ford v Ferrari, actor Christian Bale revealed to TorontoSun that Warner Bros. had originally approached Christopher Nolan about making a follow-up to The Dark Knight Rises and turned them down.
BALE: “[Christopher Nolan] had always said to me that if we were fortunate to be able to make three we would stop. ‘Let’s walk away after that’, he said.”
“Then when they inevitably came to us and said, ‘How about a No. 4?’ I said, ‘No. We have to stick to Chris’ dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth’.”
That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that, I was informed my services were no longer required [laughs].”
I’m slightly curious about what that fourth movie would have looked like but Nolan certainly had good reason to stick with his trilogy and move on.
What ended up happening is that Christopher Nolan helped godfather Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel film (said to have helped with the casting side of things) and then ultimately walked away to tackle her own films.
Zack would eventually cast Ben Affleck as the new Batman for Batman v Superman, Justice League, and his own solo film.
Ben Affleck would exit the solo Batman film first as the film’s director and then the leading role.
Director Matt Reeves recently cast Robert Pattinson to lead his new Batman trilogy starting with The Batman, which will shoot next year with a release date of June 25th, 2021.
SOURCE: TORONTO SUN