Christian Bale Says 'Batman 3’ Might Not Happen

If not for the offer of "whipping lessons" from Michelle Pfeiffer, the Catwoman of 1992's "Batman Returns," last week would have been a complete downer for Batman movie fans. On Wednesday, a rumor hit the 'Net that director Christopher Nolan might not return for a third film after "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," and we've seen little reason to disqualify it thus far.

Heck, when we spoke to Batman actor Christian Bale on the set of his upcoming film "Public Enemies," even he sounded uncertain about the Dark Knight's big-screen future.

"I truly don't know that we're ever going to see another Batman movie," Bale told MTV News.

Bale, whose contract requires him to play Gotham's greatest hero in at least three films, said Nolan's participation is likely to be decided by the quality of script over any other factor.

"It would be purely that he would need to find a story that was good enough," said Bale, "and if he couldn't find that it wouldn't happen."

While Bale is obligated to put on the cape and cowl again, the same isn't true for Nolan. "The Dark Knight" director is currently working on "Inception," so if "Batman 3" did enter the equation, production couldn't begin until 2011 at the earliest.

As it is, Bale said the idea of a Batman movie without Nolan wasn't something he was willing to consider at this point, but reiterated that he wasn't sure if audiences should ever expect a third film in the current franchise.

"I don't even want to think about that," said Bale. "I don't know if there will be a third."

Will there be another Batman movie, folks? What do you think will happen? Make your predictions in the comment section!