07/08/2012 11:04 am ET

'The Dark Knight Rises': Christopher Nolan Honored With Hand & Footprint Ceremony (PHOTOS)

Christopher Nolan may be saying goodbye to Gotham after the release of his third and final Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," but he's already left a permanent mark on Hollywood.

"The Dark Knight Rises" director was honored during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday.

“This is all a bit surreal for me,” Nolan told the eager crowd, which included his family, cast members of The Dark Knight Rises -- including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway and Batman himself, Christian Bale -- and a crowd of devoted Batman fans.

Nolan is in good company. The director joins 261 other Hollywood legends, including Marilyn Monroe, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood, immortalized in front of the famed theater since 1927.

Michael Caine, one of the stars of Nolan's Batman franchise, also said a few words about his longtime friend and director. “I’m saying these wonderful things about him, but I want you to know I’m not trying to get into the next Batman [film] because there isn’t one,” Caine joked.

“I remember sitting here watching [Caine] honored and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s really the pinnacle of a great career and legend,’ so for me to be honored in the same way, I feel extremely unworthy but very grateful for the honor,” Nolan told Entertainment Weekly after the ceremony.

Check out photos from the ceremony below.

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For more on "The Dark Knight Rises," head over to its website. The film arrives in theaters on July 20.

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