Chris Nolan admits (yes!) he's directing Batman 3

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Everyone's always assumed Christopher Nolan would be back to direct Batman 3, but the man himself has been cagey about it pretty much since completing The Dark Knight back in 2008. Well, we can at last breathe a sigh of relief: Nolan confirmed that he will in fact be getting behind the camera for his third go-round with the Caped Crusader.

Of course, he wouldn't say it straight out at first, telling Empire, "It's becoming inevitable, I'll put it that way. I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I'm pretty excited about what we're doing, so ... If I haven't announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I'm doing it."

When asked if we could take that to mean he's officially, really, truly directing the thing, Nolan replied, "I think you can at this point, yes."

The director also confirmed that he is currently working on his own draft of the script, which has been written by his brother Jonathan.

No word, of course, on villains, plot, or anything like that, but apparently Michael Caine told BBC Radio 1 that he's been hearing about a May 2011 start date for production and that he assumes he'll be back as Alfred Pennyworth. Batman 3, or whatever they end up calling it, is scheduled to arrive on July 20, 2012.

Let the speculation begin!