Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan have both given the thumbs-up to the notion of a future cinematic re-boot of the Batman tale. MTV News spoke to Bale, who said "I'm very intrigued to see another interpretation of it at this point. It would be very interesting to see what someone else does with the character." Any Bale fans getting their hopes up about the actor reprising the role will be disappointed, though; he quickly squashed that concept by saying "I'd be the first one in there to watch."
The director of Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan, also told Empire magazine that he had no problem with someone else running with the character and doing something new with the DC Comics creation. "When I first met with Paul Levitz of DC Comics prior to Batman Begins, he explained to me clearly that Batman, of all superheroes, has thrived on reinterpretation and almost is strengthened by it," explained Nolan. Batman's character has evolved over the years, both in the comic book where he first emerged and in the blockbuster films that have taken him to a wider audience. "I'm talking about over the years in the comic books but also in the movies," Nolan continued. "So when the time is right, whenever someone does whatever the next iteration of the character is, they simply need to be true."
Christian Bale, meanwhile, has visited the survivors of last week's Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Denver. Twelve people were killed in a midnight screening of the movie, when a gunman opened fire in a cinema.