E! Online recently sat down with The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale, who said the sequel will likely be his last appearance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Here's what he told the site:

"The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris (Nolan) says different, this will be the last time I'm playing Batman."
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The actor also revealed that he doesn't believe any of the rumors or speculation about casting when it comes to The Dark Knight Rises, unless his director tells him personally:

"Until Chris (Nolan) tells me, I don't believe it. It's gotta be from his mouth, or else I don't really know."

The Dark Knight Rises will start shooting in April 2011 and we'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on this highly-anticipated sequel as soon as we have more information.