Last week Michael Caine did some interviews to promote his new movie Is Anybody There? Since no one seems to care whether anyone is there or not, the questions eventually turned to Batman.
Caine, who plays Alfred the butler in the current version of the comic book movies, talked about when we could expect the inevitable third installment. “All I know is that Christopher Nolan, who writes and directs Batman is doing a picture called Inception, and I’m not in it. So I think another Batman film is a long long way off. Long Way. I would say three years, must be.”
This actually sounds about right. A summer 2011 release would mean Nolan would need to shoot Inception this summer and then prepare it for next summer (July 16, 2010 to be exact), then turn around and immediately start pre-production on a new Batman. A summer 2012 release date seems more likely. I’m inclined to believe Sir Michael Caine on this one. After all, he’s a knight.
“Lancelot” also discussed villain choices, since that’s all the rave right now in Speculationland. The question from Collider was, “Do you think he’ll come around to doing a third one?” Caine answered, “I would imagine so. That would be probably The Riddler.”Not exactly what we were looking for, but we’ll take it.
They also chatted about following Heath Ledger as the Joker and how someone might go about accomplishing that feat. The response was that it’s tough, but how did Heath follow Jack Nicholson? Touche, Michael Caine. Well, played Sir.
Johnny Depp has been rumored for the part of the Riddler, but has publicly denied it. Christopher Nolan hasn’t technically written the role, so I’m sure its easy to say, “Yeah, I’m not officially doing that” to the press.