Christian Bale On 'The Dark Knight Rises' And Christopher Nolan: 'We've Got To Up It'

Still more than a year away from the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie, there's not a lot we know for certain about the project at this point. We know Christian Bale will be back as Bruce Wayne, we know the title isn't "Batman 3" (as we'd been calling it), we know the Riddler won't be in it (but Tom Hardy probably will be), and we know it won't be filmed in 3-D.

And according to the film's star, he doesn't know much more than us when it comes to his next Batman adventure, either.

"If Chris maintains, then this will be the last one, and we have to up it," Bale told MTV News while promoting his new film "The Fighter."

The actor added that he's probably not the best source for "The Dark Knight Rises" scoops, as he doesn't know much more than any of us when it comes Nolan's next Batman movie.

"Chris will let me know what I need to know when I need to know it," he said. "It's our fourth movie together, and I probably know a little bit more than maybe some people out there, but I think most people will be surprised by how little I do know."

"It just hasn't been necessary yet," he continued. "I know he'll give me plenty of time to prepare whatever I need to for it and I'll discover it. He's a pretty damn good filmmaker I trust that he's going to come up with something wonderful."

"The Dark Knight Rises" is currently scheduled for a July 2012 premiere.

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