Christian Bale delighted fans with his portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins, and fans immediately began begging for the sequel hinted at by the final shot of that film. Well, we now have that sequel coming in the form of The Dark Knight, but even before that film has been released, fans want a third film. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Christian Bale says "sure. Maybe."
While at the ShoWest convention, Bale spoke about the Batman series, and why if he did return, it would be part 3 in the series, not part 7;
Bale was quick to praise Nolan as well when discussing the arc of his character between the films. "Well, what we didn't get to do was show this man who has now matured, who no longer has the naivete that he had at a younger age - now it's somebody who has caused change, who has achieved what he had set out to do, but is now seeing consequences that he hadn't anticipated," Bale said. "So it's now somebody with the burden of his power - the difference between the man trying to attain that and the man who finds himself with it, and how very different it is." Bale continued. "It's one of the major [reasons] I like working with Chris [Nolan].... We manage to have all of the interest that I need as an actor, as well as what you said - what did you say, explosions and stuff?...Yeah, in the midst of that. Chris completely understands that explosions and effects don't make a movie. That ain't a story right there, those are spectacles within the story, but that doesn't make a good movie."
Asked about his The Dark Knight co-star, Heath Ledger, Bale was also quick to praise the man and his work:
The Dark Knight opens on July 18, 2008, and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gylenhall.