Christian Bale has played the Batman since the movie Batman Begins. However, the accomplished actor has stated that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last film as Batman, leaving many to wonder if a new incarnation of the character will appear in a future Justice League film.

“I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” said Bale. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”

“We always maintained from the beginning that if you wanted to break it down, there are three personas – Batman is sincere, the private Bruce Wayne is sincere,” noted Bale about the role. “The public version of Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a completely fabricated performance.”