Michael Caine Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Did He Give Away a Spoiler?

     June 18, 2011

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I’m at the junket for Pixar’s Cars 2 and a few moments ago, I got to participate in a video press conference with Sir Michael Caine.  Since he’s currently filming director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in London right now, the only way he could talk to us was using video conferencing.

In the coming days I’ll have the full transcript online, but during the press conference, I was able to ask how filming on The Dark Knight Rises has been going.  As you might imagine, he was pretty guarded with his answer, but at the very beginning, he might have revealed a spoiler.  For what he said, hit the jump.

christian-bale-michael-caine-image-the-dark-knight-risesHere’s my question and his answer:

Collider: A lot of us are excited to see you returning as Alfred in The Dark Knight Rises. I know Mr. Nolan is very guarded about the story, but can you at least tell us how filming has been going so far?

Caine:  It’s fantastic.  I started filming last week and I film next week.  As the butler, I do a load of filming at the beginning, and everybody goes off and does all the adventures and they all come home shot to pieces and I patch them together when they all get back.  Christopher Nolan, I think, is one of the greatest directors in the world and I’ve been lucky enough…this is my fifth movie with him.  It’s such a pleasure to work with him and he’s so clever.  We’ve all signed the Official Secrets Act.  I’m lucky to be able to tell you the title of the movie.  I remember I did an interview and someone said to me, “What are you doing next?”  I said, “I’m doing Batman.”  I saw Chris and he said, “Why did you tell them you were doing Batman?”  I said, “Because I am.”  He said, “You’re supposed to keep it secret.”  I said, “I couldn’t keep that a secret.”  Let me tell you…the plot is extraordinary…really extraordinary.  I know why he wants to keep it a secret.  You really need not to know till you see the movie.

The thing to focus on is:

“I do a load of filming at the beginning, and everybody goes off and does all the adventures and they all come home shot to pieces and I patch them together when they all get back. “

You have to wonder what “they all come home” actually means.  Does this mean Batman has a partner like a Robin?  Or maybe he’s partnered with Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman?  Perhaps it’s nothing…but I know how everyone is trying to put together the secrets of the film and perhaps this is a new clue. What do you all think?  Is this a mistake in the way he answered or is this a spoiler?  Please debate in the comments below…

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