Director Christopher Nolan left no wiggle room for a return to the world of Batman after the release of his bat-capper "The Dark Knight Rises".
Chatting with SFX, Nolan's wife and producer Emma Thomas did the same when she was asked if he might be persuaded to return to Gotham.
“No. Never… No, that’s truly a never. I cannot imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back… We’ve spent almost 10 years of our lives making Batman films" says Thomas.
She then offers a quite sound reason for leaving the franchise-"The great thing about a trilogy is that it feels like you’ve got a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s like an extended version of a regular film. Once you get into a fourth film then it’s just episodic, and I just can’t see him getting excited about making another film where basically you’re just wheeling in different villains"
As much as I would love for the Nolan era to go on--the work has been solid this far--and I would hate to see them churn out another one especially if their hearts were not in it.
Christian Bale Tom Hardy Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Marion Cotillard Josh Pence, Alon Aboutboul and Nestor Carbonell star along with a return of the trilogy's ensemble cast such as Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman and Michael Caine Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson might also be making cameos.
Matthew Modine Tom Conti Joey King Daniel Sunjata Diego Klattenhoff Christopher Judge "CSI: Miami" co-star Adam Rodriguez and Burn Gorman take on secondary roles. Rob Brown and Italian actor Massi Furlan have small roles in the film as well
Nolan called action on the DKR from a screenplay he wrote with bro Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer that features Bane (Hardy) and Catwoman (Hathaway) plotting to take down Batman (Bale).
The sequel is set to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012.