The Dark Knight retires: Christian Bale hangs up his Batman cape

The actor confirms it's the end of a Batman era for himself and Christopher Nolan

Christian Bale says his time playing superhero Batman has come to an end. 

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As filming completed on his third instalment, The Dark Knight Rises, Bale said: “I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off.”

He also confirmed that the film will be director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie. “Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era,” said Bale.

Bale had previously said he would not make further Batman films without Nolan.

Bale praised his co-stars on The Dark Knight Rises, describing fellow Brit Tom Hardy, who plays villain Bane, as a “phenomenal actor” and saying Anne Hathaway’s role as Catwoman was “the toughest job of any of us”.

During the interview with Inquirer Entertainment, Bale also confirmed that he’s making two films with director Terrence Malick – Lawless and Knight of Cups. Details are currently scarce but Cate Blanchett is also set to star in both movies.

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The Dark Knight Rises is released in the UK on 20 July 2012.