Re: Michael Caine as Alfred Thread
Does anyone else get the sense that Alfred might be quitting in the scene in the trailer? It would fit perfectly with Batman Begins. Instead of Alfred trying to convince Bruce to stay as they go up the stairs, maybe this time, Bruce is trying to convince Alfred to stay as they go down the stairs.
I could definitely see Alfred quitting over Batman. Whereas at first, Alfred was in it to protect Bruce.... now, he realizes that the only way to truly protect Bruce is to try to stop him from being Batman. And the only way to do that is to leave.
It also makes sense in terms of storytelling structure. Most heroes usually have to lose their guide, and then journey forward to defeat evil on their own. If The Dark Knight rises on his own, without any help, it'll be much more impactful in terms of Bruce's character development.