Christian Bale Bails on 'Batman'

Holy big news, Batman!

"The Dark Knight Rises" star Christian Bale has announced his nights as a superhero vigilante are over, according to US Weekly.


Bale told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that [Batman hood] off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and [director Christopher Nolan] -- that will be the end of that 'Batman' era."

The franchise was rebooted in 2005, when Bale teamed up with Nolan for "Batman Begins," which earned $372 million worldwide, and "The Dark Knight," with the late Heath Ledger, which pulled in a whopping $1 billion globally.

"The Dark Knight Rises" opens in theaters July 20, 2012.