According to recent discovery, Christian Bale’s “Dark Knight” trilogy could have had a fourth installment had it not been out of respect Christopher Nolan's wish. The trilogy which proved to be a huge financial win for Warner Bros. with the three instalments collectively grossing $2.4 billion at the worldwide box office also winning a posthumous Oscar award for Heath Ledger has a possibility for the fourth instalment. The Dark Knight trilogy ended with Alfred spotting Bruce and Selina Kale in Florence, Italy after Bale’s Bruce decided to hang up his Batman suit and leave Gotham altogether. So, what could be the reason for the blockade of the movie not reaching the fourth instalment?
In a recent phone interview with Toronto Sun, Bale did reveal that a fourth Batman film had been on the talks but was left out, out of respect for Nolan’s wish.
“When they came [to us after ‘Batman Begins’] and said, ‘You want to go make another?’ It was fantastic, but we still said, ‘This is it. We will not get another opportunity,'” Bale said. “Then they came and they said, ‘OK, let’s do the third one.’ Chris 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’’ Bale revealed.
As for Warner Bros. replacing Bale in the role of the caped crusader, the studio wasted no time to debut Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s 2016 comic book movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which he reprised in 2017’s “Justice League’’ but eventually gave up the suit stating that he ‘couldn’t crack it’ and was replaced by Robert Pattinson.