Batman 3 Could Be the End of Sir Michael Caine as Alfred the Butler
09.30.10 by BJSprecher
Whether he has actually been in-the-know or not, legendary actor Sir Michael Caine has been pretty loose-lipped about the highly anticipated sequel to The Dark Knight (TDK) in the past. In 2008, Sir Michael started the rumor that Johnny Depp would be starring in Batman 3 (working title) as the Riddler, a rumor that he was forced to retract one year later. In November 2009, Sir Michael said that Batman 3 might not happen after all. Then, in July, he said that the movie would go into production in April 2011, even though director Christopher Nolan said only last week that there is still no green light for the date. Now, Sir Michael has revealed that Batman 3 could very well be the last time he plays Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) butler, confidante and father figure, Alfred Pennyworth, the character he played in both Batman Begins and TDK.
In a recent interview with BBC News to promote his new autobiography, The Elephant to Hollywood, named after the Elephant and Castle area of south London where he grew up, the 77-year-old author and actor said that he plans to write a terrorist thriller after he films Batman 3, adding "If I make Batman." Caine said that he will be "completely booked up for three years" after Batman 3 and that he "might retire," which would mean that Batman 3 would be the last time he plays Alfred on screen. Nolan only recently admitted that he plans to direct Batman 3 and the script is not even finished, so there's no telling when the movie will go into production. Warner Bros. has set a release date for the movie of July 20, 2012