Gary Oldman: They'll "Probably" Make More Batman Films

Gary Oldman, a cast member in the motion picture fantasy thriller Red Riding Hood, attends the premiere of the film with his wife Alexandra Edenborough, at Graumans Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on March 7, 2011.  UPI/Jim Ruymen

Gary Oldman says the "Batman" franchise likely won't come to an end after the third film in Christopher Nolan's series is released next year.

In an interview with Moviefone, Oldman, 53, who will also end his role as Commissioner Gordon in the films, said "Whether they will make more, my guess is probably. I mean, they don't have [Harry] Potter anymore. So, there could be a Batman 4 or a 5...It's a great way to go out though. It's a great story. Epic, epic thing it is."

The Warner Bros. cash cow"Harry Potter" franchise came to an end this summer, and director Nolan and star Christian Bale are also calling it quits after July's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Oldman will also appear Friday in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," an adaptation of the John le Carre bestselling thriller, in a role of George Smiley, previously played by Sir Alec Guinness. Oldman initially doubted he could pull it off.

"If you're going to play Hamlet, you're going to be measured against all the great Hamlets that have come before you. Or Lear, or Willy Loman, or Blanche DuBois, or whoever," Oldman told The Associated Press. "You're always going to be somewhat in the shadow of a great performance."

As for Nolan, Oldman said "I think Chris strikes me as someone who's too smart and he's sort of too classy to just sort of make a third for the sake of making it. I don't think that's who he is."

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