It’s been a little over a month since we last did a production update about Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but don’t let that fool you, they’ve been busy filming in Los Angeles ever since. Amateur photos have popped up online here and there over the last few weeks, as well as a number of videos, but in relation to past filming locations, the filming in Los Angeles has been sort of low-key. Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and some others have all been spotted on set over the past couple weeks. Some major action sequences were filmed in streets of Los Angeles, and like all location reports, minor spoilers are bound to be revealed. If you don’t care to see photos and videos from the Los Angeles filming or learn what they’re of, read no more.
Since our last report, the first stuff to hit the net were videos and pictures of the cast and crew filming at the LA River under the 6th street bridge. Gary Oldman (as Commissioner Gordon) was spotted rehearsing and filming a scene with Christian Bale (as Batman) on an icy platform built over the river bed. YouTube users sdog1973 and midgetbackflip have uploaded videos of that scene, which we embedded below. Sterling Davis Photo has also uploaded a handful of pictures from the location, which can be seen in our gallery at the bottom of the article.
As with the filming in Pittsburgh, filming on the streets of Los Angeles has brought us glimpses of the many vehicles that will be included in The Dark Knight Rises. From police vehicles and camouflaged Tumblers, to the new and exciting Batwing, people around the streets of LA have been out on scavenger hunts trying to get sneak peaks at what vehicles they can. A Batman-News.com reader and a number of YouTube users have posted pictures and video from the various places in LA where the vehicles have been spotted. As usual, videos are embedded below, and pictures can be seen in the gallery at the bottom of this article.
And here is where the article gets a bit more spoilery. A major action set-piece was filmed about a week and a half ago in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Some of claimed this sequence might be the equivalent of the big truck chase in The Dark Knight. A couple of YouTube users, including sdog1973 (Sterling Davis Photos) have posted videos of scene. I personally haven’t watched the following videos, so I can’t say how spoilery or not they are. But if you’re undecided, you might want to side with not watching them to be extra safe. Check em out below:
Moving on, new photos of Anne Hathaway have revealed a bit more about Catwoman’s costume. When the first official photo of Anne Hathaway as “Selina Kyle” debuted online, many wondered just how Catwomany the character would be. Fans were quick to point out the lack of ‘cat ears’ included in the costume. The official photo showed the character wearing high-tech goggles, and photos from the sets in Pittsburgh revealed that there was a more iconic mask below those. The pieces of the puzzle were slowly starting to come together. Now photos from past week in Los Angeles confirm that iconic ‘cat ears’ will indeed be a part of Anne Hathaway’s costume, at one point or another. Some have noted that when Catwoman isn’t wearing her high-tech goggles over her eyes, it appears that they fold back into ‘cat ears’ on top of her head.
The photos, posted by Just Jared, have been the source of much debate on the internet. Some of expressed their love and excitement over the costume, while others have voiced concern about it. The fact that she wears high-heels seems to bug some fanboys. I personally dig most of what I am seeing. I’d like see how Nolan makes this all fit into his Batman universe, aka The Nolan-verse. It seems to be a nice homage to some of the classic Catwoman costumes, and certainly more functional than the Halle Berry costume. Check out the photos in the gallery towards the bottom of the page.
Lastly, the production on Rises is getting closer to its wrap date and will be be moving from Los Angeles to New York City in the next couple weeks. For those in the New York City area, a casting call recently went out asking for males and females 18 or older. No acting experience is required. Roles range from police officers and soldiers, to general background. The call is for this coming Saturday, October 1st. If you’re interested, show up at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 19th St from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. Make sure to bring a photo ID. Click here for more info on how to be an extra in The Dark Knight Rises.
Until the next production update, I suggest hanging out on our forums. It’s one of the best places on the internet to get the latest news on The Dark Knight Rises first. For now, enjoy the photo gallery from the recent Los Angeles filming below. Big shot-out to Sterling Davis Photo for many of the photos.