Michael Caine talks The Dark Knight Rises' secret plot

Collider recently caught up with Michael Caine to talk Cars 2, and they managed to slip in a cheeky Dark Knight Rises question.

The Batman threequel is at the top of virtually everyone's must-see list, and quite frankly, Caine's comments do nothing to quell the excitement.

He doesn't exactly give much away, but what he does say is still of interest to us rabid fans.

When asked how filming was going, Caine responded: "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."

On his director, he added: "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 folks at Collider put a great deal of emphasis on the fact Caine says "patch THEM back together when THEY ALL get back", but we read that more as a figure of speech than a confirmation of a Batman sidekick.

Regardless, this has made us even more desperate for The Dark Knight Rises ' release date, 20 July 2012, to roll on round.

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.