Although official production isn’t set to begin until May, word comes to us from Production Weekly that The Dark Knight Rises will be going under the working titles Magnus Rex and Fox Hills Green. Many of you will remember that Inception went under the working title Oliver’s Arrow; Oliver being the name of one of Christopher’s sons. And I’m sure I don’t have to remind many that The Dark Knight‘s working title was Rory’s First Kiss; Rory also being the name of another of Nolan’s sons. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the name Magnus in Magnus Rex is derived from yet another one of the Nolan boys. Magnus Nolan is most notably known for his adorable role as the young James Cobb in Inception.
So why would a movie filming in May have a fake production title out already? And seemingly two of them? Well that could be due to the fact that The Dark Knight Rises is supposedly shooting plates this week in New York City. We know that Wally Pfister met with Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley in NYC the other week scouting for locations. According to a source close to Batman-On-Film they are filming “a plate shot in a helicopter over New York City this week. Apparently, Chris Nolan wants to get the city with snow on the ground.” My guess would be that Fox Hills Green is being used for this NYC bit, with Magnus Rex likely being the working title that sticks around for the remainder of the production starting in May.