‘Dark Knight Rises’ Filming In Pittsburgh

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

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Christopher Nolan is gearing up to shoot his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which promises to bring the events of its predecessors full circle. It turns out the filmmaker will literally tread new ground with the conclusion to his comic book trilogy – by shooting it partially in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Shooting locations for Nolan’s first two Caped Crusader titles were primarily restricted to Chicago and overseas in England – with Iceland and Hong Kong providing the backdrop in smaller segments – but Dark Knight Rises will film for four to six weeks in Pennsylvania’s second largest city.

Nolan released the following statement on the matter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman.”

Pittsburgh has served as a filming spot for numerous Hollywood productions over the years and offers the benefit of a tax-benefit program – in addition to all its unique architecture and landmarks. What’s intriguing about this decision on Nolan’s part, however, is that the city really does not resemble Chicago and it would be a stretch to say one could easily pass for the other. So that begs the question: Will a significant portion of Dark Knight Rises take place outside of Gotham?

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Downtown Gotham (Chicago) in 'The Dark Knight'.

While Chicago “played” Gotham in Nolan’s previous Batman movies, the metropolitan landscape was shot quite differently in both those films – enough so that, at times, it almost looks as though Batman Begins takes place in an entirely different city than The Dark Knight does. It’s certainly feasible that Nolan and his director of photography, Wally Pfister, will create the illusion that the Pittburgh footage simply reflects a not-yet-explored region of Gotham, but one does have to wonder…

Part of the reason behind the curiosity is that The Dark Knight concluded with Batman heading into an exile of sorts, allowing himself to be denounced in public as a full-fledged murderer and fugitive from justice. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Bruce Wayne could be forced to lay low somewhere outside of Gotham for a period of time; maybe he’ll even encounter one of the film’s known antagonists – Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) – while he’s out of town.

That’s pure speculation on my part, but seeing how we have nothing but rumors about the Dark Knight Rises‘ plot to work with right now, it’s as good a time as anyway to speculate, yes?

The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters on July 20th, 2012. How do you think the city of Pittsburgh will fit into the film?

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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  1. I love the way Gotham looked in the first film. Dark Knight, not so much.

    • I have to agree, Batman Begins Gotham felt like it’s own character in the film, while Dark Knight looked like any other major city.

    • @ Shane

      I agree with ya.

      • Me too. It could just be because Gotham was featured more in the second movie though, so they had to make compromises with how it appeared.

    • batman begins took place mostly in the narrows, a very rundown part of gotham. it was supposed to look different thns tdk, which focused on the more refined areas, banks, couthouses, bruce’s apartment, etc. which would be in more prosperous parts of the city. not the slums like in bb. the difference actully makes sense.

      • it’s comments like these that require screenrant to acquire a “like” button lol.

  2. filming in a city with the dirtiest football team.. filthy criminals fit right in

    • I bet you’re a either a bengals or ravens fan. Go Steelers!

      • Second that, Go Steelers!

      • lol yep ravens fan.. best friend is a steelers fan.. gotta geep the rivalry going..

        • I love a Ravens fan talking smack about criminals when the whole Ravens D should be in prison. Well at least Ray Lewis.

          • Haha i couldnt care less what anyone does off the field.. i just love the rivalry on the field.. Back to batman.. since atleast that is one thing we know will be happening

      • Hanzo has probably never been to Pittsburgh, it is a breathtakingly beautiful city especially in the Fall coming into from the tubes from airport! Doesn’t know what he is talking about obviously. Go black and gold!!!!

  3. I dont think most people will notice a difference.

  4. In the end of both movies,i didnt hear anyone talking about what city it was filmed in. Its either a good movie or its not. Another Blockbuster in the making.

  5. Pittsburgh SWEET!!! I’ll have to try to swing by some day and see if I can see anything!

    • I’m going as well.

  6. Filming in the city with the dirtiest team? I didn’t know that TDR was filming in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    • Ha

  7. Interesting exile idea. Introducing Batman to a major character (especially a villain) outside of Gotham has interesting possibilities. I like it because it would make Gotham more believable. It connects Gotham firmly to America (hence reality) by relating it to another city. It also makes Gotham seem less crowded with villains or other “super” characters. I would be disappointed however if a significant portion of the movie took outside of Gotham. Gotham and Batman belong together.

    • i really like this idea. good job.

  8. haha! yay. i’m just assuming (they could have been writing this beforehand) that i was responsible for this article being written by bringing it to the attention of the fb screenrant page. lol. back pat to me.

  9. I guess they need some slums, hills and bridges, can’t think of a better city for that then Pittsburgh

  10. No chicago? I’m pissed

    • Sorry, I should’ve clarified – Dark Knights Rises is still expected to shoot in Chicago, but it’ll also film in Pittsburgh.

      • For what it’s worth, I live in Chicago and we’ve heard that Superman will be shooting some stuff here, but that TDKR won’t be stopping here at all. Unfortunately for those of us in the Windy City, it sounds like Pittsburgh is indeed the new Gotham: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/metz/ct-live-0406-batman-pittsburgh-20110405,0,6551242.story

        • Huh. Interesting…

      • any one know any ideas on how people in pitts can be extras involved with the movie at all? what time frame are they filming there? maybe email me with some info. thanks so much.

  11. My guess is that parts of Pittsburgh are going to be used as different parts of Gotham. I really can’t see Bruce Wayne leaving Gotham. Would kinda make it obvious that Bruce is Batman, wouldn’t it? Especially if he shows up in Pittsburgh and so does Batman.

    • Andy S,

      I second that. That IS really an important point made.

  12. I guess Batman is going after Roethlisberger in this one.

    • Will be an epic confrontation in a bathroom, where Batman will save Catwoman from his new villain, Ben the rapist.

      • Ben might decide to switch to men with matte black cod pieces though.. i think we found the 3rd villan!

  13. Hes going to ask superman for help in metropolis

    • lol

  14. “‘Dark Knight Rises’ Filming In Pittsburgh”

    Apparently Batman will be slumming it TDKR. And yes, I live near Pittsburgh. And Yes, if they have a need for extras I will be there. And yes, I am slummy. :)

  15. Pittsburgh is use to the filming process. I know that George Romero filmed his first two dead movies in the area. Then when he brought “land” to Canada, the pittsburgh folks were very put out.

    first Pitt Man post on Pittsburgh! Yah! lol.

    go steelers.

  16. I just read that Katie Holmes will play “Elaine Dawes”…. what the hell does that mean????????????????

    • means you’ve been duped. lol.

      • The catwoman riddler is absolutely correct. Katie Holmes is listed at Elaine Dawes at IMDB. Check it out!

        • doesn’t mean it’s right. fingers crossed that it isn’t.

  17. The reason why they are shooting in Pittsburgh as oposed to Chicago is because Nolan is concerned Michael Bays attempt at reclaiming the city for his mega billed atrocity will muddy the waters.

    It is a mood type of thing. And Nolan wants a clean canvas. Thanks alot Bay…

  18. filming in any city but is just wrong. You film there in the first two and just leave in the third, just is not right. Pittsburgh compared to Chicago, no chance chicago tops that place in so many ways.

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  20. Uh! I’m going to be piss if they make Pittsburgh Gotham, Chicago was a perfect Gotham! In my opinion Chicago has never been a setting for a comic-city or superhero movie and now that it is I can finally proclaim Chi Town as Gotham! Chicago has one of the highest crime rates in America, i hope Chicago stays as Gotham.