Sir Michael Caine on The Dark Knight Rises Script and New Cast Additions
02.15.11 by BJSprecher
In the months and years following the debut of The Dark Knight (TDK), the void of news about a possible sequel was often filled by legendary actor Sir Michael Caine, who played Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) butler and surrogate father, Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins and TDK. Caine started the rumor, now debunked, that Johnny Depp would be starring in The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) as the Riddler, and was the first to announce that the sequel to TDK would go into production in April, which is only one month earlier than the expected start date. In a recent interview with E! News, Caine once again chatted about Batman, discussing the TDKR script and what he thinks about the recent cast additions.
Though often an overlooked character, Alfred is as essential to the Batman mythos as the Batcave. In the DC comic books on which the movies are based, Alfred often assists Batman with his detective work and is always on hand to pick up—and patch up—the Dark Knight after a scrape. Alfred has not always been utilized in other incarnations, but in the movies directed by Christopher Nolan he is a mentor and moral compass for Bruce. So, what part will he have to play in TDKR? Not even Caine knows just yet.
I talked to Chris last week 'cause I said I hadn't gotten a script and he said, 'I haven't finished it.' And he said, 'I'll finish it in two weeks.'
Caine was in the dark about the most recent rumored addition
to TDKR—Marion Cotillard as Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of villain Ra's Al Gul, played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins—but seemed happy with the additions of Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy as Catwoman and Bane, respectively.
Marion Cotillard is in it? Nobody tells me these things. Oh shoot. I didn't know. Well, Anne Hathaway is Catwoman isn't she? Well that's fabulous. Tom Hardy is gonna be great too [as Batman nemesis Bane]. He's a tough British actor.
Christopher Nolan's brother, Jonathan Nolan, is currently fine-tuning the script for The Dark Knight Rises. Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman are expected to reprise their TDK roles of Lucius Fox and Commissioner Gordon, respectively. There is still no word on the recent rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks for a role in the movie, as well.