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.