The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 1:45 pm by TeddyBlass
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.
Production Updates The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 9:33 pm by TeddyBlass
There is no stopping the onslaught of filming happening on The Dark Knight Rises, which is still shooting in Pittsburgh. Fortunately and unfortunately for us that means an onslaught of photos and videos from the filming locations have been sprouting all over the internet. For those fans clawing at every scrap of information, there certainly has been enough leaks online to keep to stay happy, at least by Christopher Nolan standards. For those who are trying to turning a blind-eye to wealth of media being uploaded to Twitter and YouTube, well… it has been difficult.
The most recent (and exciting) news to pop up about filming has been the apparent surfacing of Batman’s new means of transport for The Dark Knight Rises: the Batwing. Over the past day or two, photos and video of a strange, Tumbler-esque type vehicle on a hydraulic rig have been taken by fans on the streets in Pittsburgh. On our Podcast we voiced concerns over the possibility of a Batwing because of the practical limitations of developing such a vehicle, but it seems that the visual effects, stunts, and various art departments have figured out a way to get it done. Twitter and YouTube users @markaduffy and subaruwrxfan posted a number videos of the Batwing being filmed by IMAX cameras around Pittsburgh. It appears to have the low-speed capabilities of a helicopter, but with the bite and style of a fighter jet. Check out videos below.
Read the rest of this entry »