Whenever we need to hear something about a top secret movie, Michael Caine is the person we run to. If he’s involved in any shape or form, he always manages to release some info to the press. He did it for The Dark Knight, he did it for Inception, and now he’s doing it for The Dark Knight Rises. The Academy Award winning actor shared some scheduling info with Empire magazine, which gives us an idea of when the third Batman film will start shooting.

Caine aka Alfred Pennyworth claims that production on The Dark Knight Rises will last about six months and is set to begin next summer. “Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we’d get the script in January. Christopher said: ‘Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.” That sounds like a serious plan to kick off the final installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

For all the actors involved with the film, it looks like 2011 will be the year of the Bat. When you consider pre-production, script revisions, filming, and re-shoots, they’ll be lucky to finish up by next year’s holiday season.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.

What do you think of the schedule for The Dark Knight Rises? Is it doable?