Christopher Nolan and Bale have a great relationship on and off screen. There is no way that Nolan would let someone like Bale go. His talent (albeit having temper issues) is unprecedented. I’ve personally never seen a film he’s been in and walked away disgusted. Hell, even Shaft was enjoyable because of you guessed it, Bale.
More on reality though. The franchise has been rejuvenated by both Nolan and Bale. One on set spat that if looked at hard enough could almost be accepted as what should have been done. You see, Hurlbut was a repeat offender of getting in the way of camera shots and fidgeting with lights. He’s done it several times on other films too. Of course Bale had no right to act like a dick about it but I do understand.
Here’s what Nolan and Bale (Health Ledger too of course) have brought to the table from just The Dark Knight Alone:
*The largest opening weekend in movie history at $158,000,000.
*The largest IMAX opening ever at $6,800,000 and $55,000,000 total gross.
*Only second in domestic gross to Titanic at $533,000,000 and the largest grossing comic book movie ever.
*Over one Billion (yeah, billion) in total gross worldwide and only the 4th film to ever do it.
*Over 12.4 million DVD units sold for an additional $212,000,000 in revenue.
*The best selling Blu-ray disc ever with close to 3 million units sold worldwide.
So in short if the rumors are true and a new face and possibly a new director (as Nolan would probably walk), the franchise could be in the hands of someone else and that would be quite unpredictable. Whereas if they keep the formula that has worked for two films and almost guaranteed for a third, it’s the ultimate cash cow.
I’m betting this all bullshit but if there is one glimmer of truth to it, it wouldn’t be the first time Warner has let down the fans of this franchise.