The Dark Knight 2008 / Joker

Why Dark Knight 4 Was Never Made

Christian Bale has been known to be a phenomenal actor, his method acting for movies is untouchable compared to other actors. Christopher Nolan is an excellent director and screenwriter, his stories break the standards and his ideas are vastly complex and very unique.

Together, the two managed to create the perfect variation of The Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan’s writing / resources and Bale’s commitment and improvisation created one of the most human and heroic characters in cinema.

The Dark Knight trilogy ended officially back in 2012 with Dark Knight Rises being the finale of the movie series.

Since then, fans of the Nolanverse have wanted a follow up movie, any sort of sequel to the events of the ending. Some fans know that the trilogy would not continue but we’re hoping to see a Robin movie, after we find out that the detective we follow in the movie, is actually named Robin.

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Ford V Ferrari – 20th Century Fox

During the promotion of the new movie, Ford V Ferrari, Bale spoke to the TorontoSun and explained why we never got the 4th instalment for the series. During the interview he stated that, him and Nolan, didn’t expect to make more than Batman Begins (the pilot of the trilogy). He stated:

we never were arrogant to assume that we had an opportunity beyond one film at a time. That’s something that Chris always would talk about. He’d say, “This is it. We’re making one film. That’s all we’ve got.”

After receiving a second film in the Nolan world, they expected not to make anymore; they really thought that the film, The Dark Knight, would be the absolute final film. Until:

Then when they came and said, “You want to go make another?” It was fantastic, but we still said, “This is it. We will not get another opportunity.” Then they came and they said, “OK, let’s do a third one.”

After receiving a third film, it seemed that Nolan was the final caller as to why the stories had to end, and it seemed like the right call:

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.

That’s why we, well Chris, stepped away. After that I was informed my services were no longer required (laughs).

Bale seemed to be light hearted at the fact that the trilogy was over, but he also did mention that the higher authority (presumably, Warner Brothers), asked them for a 4th instalment:

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.”

Warner Brothers / DC

Most fans are glad that the movies started, and ended, with incredible stories, good character development, unexpected plot twists and a whole variety of extra and amazing work. Currently the future trilogy of the Batman movies are going to be done by Matt Reeves, a well known Horror and action director.

There’s not much details on the movie as recordings haven’t begun, currently the Caped Crusader will be played by Robert Pattinson and the story will apparently follow Batman: The Long Halloween, comic.

What do you think? Should Nolan have made a 4th movie? Or is it perfect, the way it is? Let us know in the comments.

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