“Chris and I had a meeting, on the beach, just the two of us,” Eckhart told MTV News Thursday. “I said, ‘Chris, a lot of people are asking me if I’m in the next ‘Batman.’ And Chris said, ‘Yes?’ I said, ‘Am I?’ He looked at me and he said, ‘No.'”
Despite getting tackled off a roof by Batman at the end of 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” Dent’s status was apparently ambiguous enough that Eckhart was still rumored to be a part of the final film in the series, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The actor even joked about it at the San Diego Comic-Con this summer.
“You know, I’m available,” he quipped after an audience member asked if he’d return for the sequel.
He’ll apparently remain that way, now that Nolan himself broke the bad news. And the setting couldn’t have been more appropriate.
“We found ourselves alone on the beach together on a stormy day and he delivered the news to me,” Eckhart told MTV. “And I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken. But Chris has his reasons and my life must go on.”