'Dark Knight Rises' News: Christian Bale Ditches Batman, Talks Cast

Dark Knight Rises

"Dark Knight Rises" watchers, today's your lucky day! We're kicking the week off right with no less than three items straight out of Gotham City and into your virtual reading space, including new interviews with Christian Bale and some terrifying thoughts on what the new "Dark Knight Rises" trailer might look like.

Get all that and more after the jump!

Bye-Bye Batman

After years of threatening the possibility, Bale has confirmed the inevitable: he's done playing Batman. In a recent interview, he revealed: "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off." It's the end of an era for him and Nolan, who gave the Batman franchise a much needed booster shot with "Begins" in 2005.

Assemble The Bat Squad

Bale also spoke out recently about his fellow "Dark Knight Rises" co-stars, including Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hathaway's job is the toughest of the bunch in Bale's eyes: "I always saw Anne's role as being the toughest job of any of us. In my case, I’ve stopped referencing outside sources. I now reference Chris’ own world of Batman as a guide to what I will continue doing."

"Dark Knight" Trailer Nightmares

Looking ahead, a new "Dark Knight Rises" trailer will likely be upon us before December closes out, and MTV News writer Kevin Sullivan mulled the dangerous possibilities about what could be in store in the latest edition of The Weekly Rising. Check it out over here.

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