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Though he's been playing Batman since 2005, Christian Bale has not allowed himself to be identified solely by character. Though his performances as the Dark Knight have been incredibly memorable, Bale has also put on stellar performances in movies like The Prestige, 3:10 To Yuma and The Fighter in the time since (the last in the list giving him his first Academy Award). Needless to say, once The Dark Knight Rises comes out next summer Bale won't be fading into obscurity and will remain one of the biggest stars in the world. But what project shall he keep his excellence going with?

Variety has learned from an inside source that Bale is being considered for a number of high-profile films post-Batman, though he hasn't formally attached himself to any of them. Included among the titles are Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy; Clint Eastwood's A Star Is Born with Beyonce; Michael Mann's Gold; Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, and, as previously reported, Darren Aronofsky's Noah. One project that Bale will not be doing is The Last Photograph, which, ironically, will be Zack Snyder's first movie post-Man of Steel. It is said that Bale won't be officially signing on for anything until after The Dark Knight Rises wraps production, which should be sometime in November. It should be noted that Christopher Nolan's final Batman film won't be Bale's only movie coming out in 2012, as Yimou Zhang's The 13 Women of Nanjing is also scheduled to be release next year.

While I would most of this news with a huge grain of salt, it would be interesting to see Christian Bale take part in any of these films. There are some truly impressive filmmakers listed in the paragraph above and it would be fascinating to see the Oscar winning actor work with any of them.