Christian Bale is praying The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan signs up for a third Batman film - because nobody will be able to better the moviemaker's previous efforts.
Bale was directed by Nolan in 2005's Batman Begins and reprised his role as the caped crusader for last year's (08) box office smash, which grossed more than $1 billion (£69 million) worldwide.
The actor is contractually obliged to star in a third film - but he's worried about the future of the franchise if Nolan refuses to take charge.
He tells Total Film magazine, Its got to be the right story. You cant make something like The Dark Knight and then come out with something disappointing.
"The fact is, I have to (make a third movie). Ive signed up! Chris doesnt. So Im in a bit of a fix if he says he doesnt want to!