Michael Caine, You Still Haven’t Given Up On Batman. Never!Posted: July 20, 2011
Michael Caine, who starred as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne‘s butler and Batman‘s third leg, as we all know, is reprising his role as good old trustworthy Alfred the butler, in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming apparent Bat-finale, The Dark Knight Rises. However, despite the fact Nolan says this will be his last Batman movie, thus concluding his outstanding trilogy (lets face it, Rises is going to be amazing), Caine has told us that he isn’t necessarily ready to break ties with his old pal Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Caine, now 78, although still more than capable of displaying a great performance in movies, has recently been speaking out about what the future will hold for the Batman franchise once Nolan finishes his final installment. He stated, “I think it will be the last Batman that Chris Nolan will make. I never say the last time for me for anything”. If Caine were to stay on for the role of Alfred, this wouldn’t be the first time an actor has stayed on for the role after the director and actor portraying Bruce/Batman have changed; Michael Cough, who has now passed away, on the 17th March of this year, played the role of Alfred Pennyworth for both Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns) and Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin), starring alongside three different actors playing the role of Bruce/Batman: Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.
Although I still remain somewhat skeptical about the idea of another Batman movie without Nolan or Christian Bale, one thing I would definitely be happy to see remaining in the franchise is Michael Caine. Right from the start of Batman Begins (2005), Caine displayed a brilliant performance as Alfred the butler, managing to be highly comical in almost anything he utters, yet also managing to remain a strong point for Bruce Wayne, trying his best to keep him on his feet and picking him up should he feel lost (“Why do we fall, Sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up“). In my opinion, Michael Caine has mastered the role of Alfred, and more or less stands in as a father-figure for Bruce, but also as a life-line. It may be daunting to think about another Batman flick without Nolan, but we can rest assured that Caine will still be there to offer another sterling performance.
Michael Caine has also revealed this week, that shooting for TDKR has passed its halfway point, having finished filming in the UK, now moving on to the US. This is brilliant news for us huge Batman fans, with it being exactly a year today until the completed masterpiece-in-the-works is to hit the big screens.
For all you Batman Begins fans, here’s a small clip from the movie, which I found to be one of the best scenes of the movie, and I’m sure many of you Begins fans will agree:
The Dark Knight Rises hits cinema screens on the 20th July, 2012. Stay tuned for the latest Bat-news.
By Manpreet Singh
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