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Will The Dark Knight Rises Occupy Wall Street?

Occupy Gotham

Back in February we learned about Christopher Nolan scouting filming locations for The Dark Knight Rises on Wall Street in New York City. He was spotted outside the NYSE and various other iconic landmarks with his team of collaborators looking for good places to film come fall. Little could they predict that come fall those locations will be filled with thousands of protestors. But now an LA Times article mentions that the planned filming on Wall Street could possibly incorporate the protests. At the very least the protests would be figured into the production, but not necessarily be included in the storyline. For two weeks, starting on October 29th, the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises will be filming in New York City.

Christopher Nolan is known for meticulously planning and organizing his shoots in advance. Casting calls for the area went out last month. The calls often ask for extras to portray victims and perpetrators in a “city besieged by crime and corruption.” Perhaps the protests can help set that backdrop for the film, saving the filmmakers the trouble of casting hundreds of extras. Whether or not the mass of protesters will still be occupying Wall Street in the coming weeks, and whether or not the group will used as voice against the financial corruption and fraud carried out against the everyday citizen of Gotham is unknown. However, it seems likely that if the protests are still happening, they’ll be incorporated into the background of the film to help sell reality of the corruption that plaques Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises.

by Teddy Blass
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Production Update #6: Get Ready For The Knight, Pittsburgh

The Dark Knight Rises Filming at Heinz Field

Production on The Dark Knight Rises is gearing up to come stateside this month, and its first stop will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CBS Pittsburgh ran a couple of stories this week discussing the production of the major motion picture descending upon the city. We mentioned in our last production update that extras are needed for filming for a fictional football game. Rumors from several months ago claimed some filming would take place at the Civic Arena, but that rumor began to clash with the recent news, as the arena isn’t meant for football. But now the local CBS station has been able to reveal that filming will instead be taking place at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another major scene in the film will be filming at the Software Engineering Institute and the Mellon Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. And that’s not all.

The good folks over at SuperHeroHype have managed to get their hands on what could be considered spoiler-y pics of various vehicles being shipped into town for the production. I imagine this stuff will eventually get out or even be shown in trailers, but for now I am declaring the photos they have posted as potential spoilers – so click at your own risk. However, even CBS Pittsburgh reported on the pictures in their second story on the film, which also mentions the use of pyrotechnics and precision stunt driving planned on being used during filming. They even confirm reports we talked about back in February about the use of snow in the film. The news station says fake snow will used on a number of streets for part of filming. This is cohesive with the February report about Christopher Nolan wanting to shoot aeriel plate shots of NYC while snow was still on the ground. Is winter coming to Gotham? That’s a rhetorical question geared toward making Game of Thrones fans smile, by the way.

Lastly, you may have noticed that our last story about the teaser trailer leak has been updated to note that Warner Bros. is being aggressive in taking down bootlegged copies of the trailer. We suspect that an official HD release of the trailer should happen over the weekend, Monday at the latest, so stick tuned!

by Teddy Blass
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Production Update #7: That’s a Wrap!

Well, it certainly has been an adventure! From that first image of Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ken Watanabe that surprised us with some early filming in Japan to the final leg of the film’s production at the Arctic Fortress, closely following the production of Inception has been one heck of a journey.

Starting out in Japan in mid-June, we found out that this was only one of six countries this film was scheduled to shoot in. We didn’t know what else to feel but excitement. Even though the June filming was a bit early, on July 24th, Warner Bros. announced that principal photography had begun and filming was already under way in London. On August 17th, the first real production images started to come in from Paris. This was getting so exciting way too quickly. On August 25th, one of our readers who lives in Morocco informed us that the Inception crew were in city of Tangier. According to a local shop owner, the filming location was being set up to look like Kenya.

After hitting Asia, Europe, and Africa, on September 3rd, the Inception crew made it to every film’s favorite city, Los Angeles, California to kick the film’s production into overdrive. For the first couple of weeks, they were filming inside of a closed shoe factory. Later in the month of September, they brought the action to the streets and with some supernatural rain, a train, and a few automobile accidents. Oh! And who could forget about those strange license plates? As images from the LA production continued to roll in, we were able to catch a glimpse of one single day of filming on the beaches of Malibu.

On November 26th, we got word that Inception’s production team had packed their bags and heading north to complete their production in the Canadian Rockies. They began shooting at a snow fortess in Kananaskis, Canada and later that week, moved on to the Fernie Alpine Resort to create some avalanches. What a fitting ending.

Overall, Inception’s production spanned four continents and six countries. Following this film’s production from start to finish, we’ve written a total of seven production update articles and have posted 397 production images. We hope you’ve enjoyed our articles and we’re looking forward for more to come. Thanks for reading.

Production Updates:
Production Update #1: Global Production Commences
Production Update #2: Inception Filming in Tangier
Production Update #3: Coming to America
Production Update #4: Rain, Trains and Automobiles
Production Update #5: Suits and Leather
Production Update #6: Storming the Beaches
Production Update #7: That’s a Wrap!

Also! Be sure to check out The Nolan Fans Podcast’s 10th Episode were Teddy and I discuss this production update.

UPDATE: The last day of shooting was November 22, 2009.

by Alex Haas
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