Comic Book Movie has the scoop on what Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman had to say to the L.A. Times about the end of the “Batman” franchise with “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Nolan said he aimed to make the third film a capstone to the “Batman” trilogy. “Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story,” he said. “And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story…unlike the comics, these things don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful.”

Bale also talked about how moving it actually was to read the “Rises” script. “…[I]t hit me that this was the last one,” he said. “What Chris couldn’t believe was how slow I read because I go back and re-read until I have it all in my mind. I was in [one of Nolan’s rooms] six or seven hours. It was dark when I came out. And I was smiling.”

Freeman also talked about leaving the “Batman” series for good. “The only drawback is that this is the last one we get to work on with him. And a lot of us won’t really get that until later,” he said. “It’s not until the curtain goes down that you think, ‘Jesus, that’s the last one.'”

You can read more at the L.A. Times.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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