In a recent chinwag with Totalfilm, Christian Bale declared that the upcoming Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, will be the third and final time he portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman ‘unless [Christopher Nolan] says different’.

“The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless [Christopher Nolan] says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.”

Christopher Nolan has said for a while now that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will be the conclusion to the story he started with ‘Batman Begins’. ”Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.”

In the interview Bale also reveals what he knows about the top-secret script :

“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 has a release date of June 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.