Despite some earlier reports to the contrary, Christian Bale will not play Batman in any upcoming Justice League film that Warner Bros. gets together in the wake of "Man of Steel."
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough. Let's not get greedy," Bale told Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. "Chris [Nolan] always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying 'We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."
Those comments echo what Bale said last year while promoting "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment in Nolan's Batman trilogy. "My understanding is that this is the last one. I think it's appropriate, I think it's going out at the right time," Bale said last year in an interview with Empire Online. "But, if Chris came to me with a script and said, 'You know what? There is another story' then I would love the challenge of making a fourth one work."
That challenge was possibly "Justice League." Back in March, the website Latino Review reported that Bale and Nolan could come back for the Warner Bros. blockbuster, an answer to "Marvel's The Avengers" that will team Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern together to fight evildoers. (Never mind that Nolan ended "The Dark Knight Rises" with Bale's Bruce Wayne enjoying retirement with Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle.)
For more from Bale on "Justice League," head over to EW.com.