I have been a big fan of Michael Caine ever since his interview where he describes the faces he goes through when the Academy Awards announces a winner for a bracket he's in; hilarious! One of Caine's most recent appearances was as Bruce's butler in Batman Begins and, though the sequel is still waiting to enter production, the 'retired' actor does know what villain we can expect next.
Michael Caine Confirms The Joker
During an interview with Turner Classic Movies, Michael Caine discusses life, a career as an actor, and the few instances that pull him out of retirement -- Batman being one of them of course.
Near the end of the Batman Begins discussion Caine mentions that The Joker is a sure thing.
You don’t retire from the movies, they retire you. The scripts stop coming or the money is too small to make it worthwhile getting up in the morning. The way I work, I regard myself as retired; I only come out of retirement for offers I can’t refuse. I haven’t worked for a year but I wanted to play Batman’s butler, I wanted to play Nicole’s dad in Bewitched and there’s another film, The Weatherman where I played Nicolas Cage’s dad. They were all parts that fascinated me. I wasn’t ready for a lead after The Quiet American, which was a tough role for me and cured me of playing leads for a while.
Now I will do something there are three pictures I want to do, small parts. One [Children of Men, released September 2006] is with Alfonso Cuaron who directed Y tu Mama Tambien, I wanted to work with him and then Christopher Nolan who directed Batman is doing a smaller film called The Prestige about magicians and it’s very interesting. And we’re going to make The Joker next year.
So, as the end of Batman Begins already suggested, The Joker remains to be our next villain in the Batman franchise.