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Aaron Eckhart Says He Won't Be in Next Batman Film

Aaron Eckhart arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2nd Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

NEW YORK (CBS) Don't expect to see Two-Face in the next Batman film.

Aaron Eckhart says his character from "The Dark Knight" won't be returning for "The Dark Knight Rises."

"[Director Chris Nolan] and I had a meeting, on the beach, just the two of us," Eckhart told MTV News on 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.' "

"We found ourselves alone on the beach together on a stormy day and he delivered the news to me," the actor continued. "And I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken. But Chris has his reasons and my life must go on."

In October, Nolan kept mum on details about the film, except to reveal its title and say that the villain would not be the Riddler.

"We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones," he told the Los Angeles Times.

The third film in Nolan's "Batman" franchise is due out in 2012.

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