Christopher Nolan will "never" make another 'Batman' movie.
According to the director's wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, there is "no possibility" of the filmmaker - who has helmed Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and forthcoming film The Dark Knight Rises - taking charge of another motion picture containing the superhero because he wouldn't be able to get "excited" about a fourth film in the franchise.
"No, that's truly a never. I can't imagine a world in which he would ever want to come back. At a certain point it's fun to go off and do something different, you know. We've spent almost 10 years of our lives making Batman films. He was very excited about this film, and the story that he'd come up with, but I just cannot imagine that he would get that excited about another version of the same thing."
Emma believes a third movie in the series still feels like part of the original movie, but she insists doing a fourth motion picture in the franchise wouldn't be appealing to Christopher because the story will have veered so far away from 2005's Batman Begins.
Tom Hardy doesn't want to compete with Heath Ledger.
The Inception actor has admitted he isn't worried about living up to the late actor's legacy by taking on the role of the villain in the third Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises.
"That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who's clearly brilliant. And it's not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It's just trying to be the best that we can be. I'm not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That's that. I've got a part I've got to play, and I want to play my part."
Tom portrays muscular comic book super-villain Bane in Christopher Nolan's latest film, while Brokeback Mountain star Heath was awarded a posthumous Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight Rises producer, Emma Thomas, said the writers wanted to steer clear of similarities with Heath's iconic Joker character: "We were obviously never going to revisit the Joker, and you don't want to be trying to chase that. It's fun to have a very different sort of villain in this, and a different sort of challenge for Batman to meet, much more physical. It's almost a more even match in some ways, you know, in a physical sense."
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