From both financial and critical standpoints, Christopher Nolan's Batman movie series is one of the greatest trilogies of all-time, and he left many fans wanting more.
Of course, this is always the case with any successful television or movie series. But Nolan's trilogy reached extraordinary levels, and the end of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) had some wondering if he was leaving the possibility open for a fourth film.
That didn't end up happening, however. The Batman series was rebooted under Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck taking over as the Caped Crusader. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released in 2016, our years after The Dark Knight Rises. Affleck reprised is role in Justice League (2017), before eventually stepping down from the role.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Christian Bale - who received worldwide praise for his performance as Batman/Bruce Wayne - explained why they didn't do a fourth film for the Nolan series.
Bale said that Nolan initially said they were just going to do "one film," and it was "all we've got." Of course, they were asked to do a sequel, and The Dark Knight (2008) was released three years after Batman Begins.
Sure enough, they were asked to do a third, and The Dark Knight Rises marked the end of Nolan's series. Bale explained that after being asked to do a fourth, they simply decided that three was enough, not wanting to go overboard.
"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.'"
Nolan and Bale deserve credit for sticking to their beliefs and avoiding a fourth film. The Dark Knight Rises marked an excellent finish to the series, and the ending of the film provided proper closure for all the main characters.
Now, Robert Pattinson is slated to portray the World's Greatest Detective in The Batman, which is being directed by Matt Reeves. The cast also includes Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Paul Dano (Riddler), Jeffrey Wright (Commissioner Gordon) and Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth).