‘Dark Knight Rises’ To Shoot in NYC; Might Film Wall Street Protests [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 25th, 2011 at 4:10 pm,

Dark Knight Rises Occupy Wall Street Dark Knight Rises To Shoot in NYC; Might Film Wall Street Protests [Updated]

[UPDATE: Sorry Wall Street Protesters – Batman will NOT be joining your fight. Details HERE]

No matter if you agree with them or not, the message of the Occupy Wall Street protestors is loud and clear: they want a Gotham City that is free of crime and corruption. At least that’s how their protest – which has been going for a month now – may be depicted in Chris Nolan’s final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

As we’ve discussed numerous times on our Screen Rant Underground podcast: The Dark Knight Rises is a movie that is setting a new precedence for the amount of access and insight fans have into the production process. Shooting locations in London, India, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles have each yielded slews of papparazzi-style set images and videos, which have each revealed spoilerific plot points about Batman’s next adventure.

TDKR is moving production to the streets of NYC for two weeks starting on October 29th, and will be shooting under its not-so-secret production name of “Magnus Rex”. One person close to the production (who remained anonymous – lest he/she get flogged and whipped) has told the LA Times that the actors in the film were briefed (warned?) that production could shoot over at the Occupy Wall Street Protest site.

Now, at the time of writing the script and doing preproduction on TDKR, Nolan and Co. couldn’t have known this protest was going to go down. What the source claims is that the protests could be used as a backdrop or establishing shot, meant to reflect the state of unrest in Gotham City – a plot point we have definitely come to see reflected in many of the set videos and images, which paint a story where Gotham is under siege by evil forces like Tom Hardy’s Bane and his men. Combine those clues with the Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer – in which Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) states that Batman has been absent from duty – and it certainly seems that civil unrest is ripping Gotham City apart; a situation eerily similar to the climate of the Wall Street protests, making the real-life demonstrations an ironic bit of reality to be injected into art.


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Hilarious artwork by artist Anjinanhut

We use the word “ironic” because: having a real life protest about the evils of corporate greed, injected into a film being produced (in the hope of big profits) by one of the biggest corporate entities in America (Time Warner), featured in a scene where people would be complaining about greed and corruption? It doesn’t get anymore ironic and meta than that – especially if some of the Wall Street protesters try to use the opportunity to get their five seconds of onscreen fame.

Of course, this could be one of those things where Nolan and Co. fly a helicopter over the crowd, taking ariel shots of the masses gathered in the streets – or something equally mundane. Though, considering how much excitement these TDKR shoots have already stirred up, the best advice might be to sit back and watch what unfolds on Wall Street. We’ll keep you posted as the film begins production in NYC.

The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.

Source:  LA Times

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  1. “That’s like having someone who is 200lbs overweight saying “there’s something wrong with the food industry – we need to fix it” – as they stuff another triple cheeseburger in their face.”

    I don’t see your analogy at all…

    How is Warren Buffett saying rich people should pay more taxes to help share the load in any way similar to an obese person blaming fast food, or food in general, on their problems?

    Losing my home because of shady dealings by banks and financial advisors who set the system up for middle class to fail..Losing jobs because factories and work are being sourced out to second and third world countries to maximize profits…I can see how the middle class of the world are sick and tired of corporations playing games with peoples’ lives and livelihood..

    In the words of Dylan:

    “Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone.
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin’
    Then you better start swimmin’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won’t come again
    And don’t speak too soon
    For the wheel’s still in spin
    And there’s no tellin’ who
    That it’s namin’.
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There’s a battle outside ragin’.
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin’.
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin’.

    The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is
    Rapidly fadin’.
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changing


    • Wow, you don’t understand that analogy?? Ok, maybe this will help, don’t think about the actual food, think about a person who is complaining about the food industry *WHILE* eating a cheeseburger. Now relate that to Warren Buffet talking about raising taxes on the wealthy to help everyone (the stuff you’re biting into hook, line, and sinker) *WHILE* evading taxes or finding tax loopholes so he doesn’t have to pay those taxes, raised or not. Get it now?? Eh, probably not… I tried though…

  2. @ Ken J

    Was my comment directed at you specifically? Did I ask you for help?

    Please mind your own buisness..I want nothing that resembles help or “advice” from you. Most of your comments are tersely worded, argumentative, and just mean spirited..You get your jollies insulting people and hiding behind your key board to do it..so do me a big favour and ignore my comments and certainly feel free to keep your crap to yourself…


    • So… I take that means you still don’t understand the analogy?? Don’t worry “greenknight” if we were face to face I’d speak to you exactly the same way. At least you know my name, it’s not like I’m one of those guys that even has to conceal his own name by using a screenname while talking tough to people online or anything… ;-)

  3. I can see what people are talking about when they say that the government is owned by corporations; but corporations don’t make laws. Sure, corporations give money to politicians to get favors but it is still on the politician to write the bill, and on Congress to make it law. I read the comments here, and while I sympathize with the protesters, I wonder why they are marching on Wall Street. The reason why we have a realestate problem is because of what Congress did with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; they pressured banks to give loans to people who couldn’t afford them. Another problem is government taxing Corporations to the point where they have to go outside the US to avoid these gross explosions of tax. Sure, the Corporations do have some culpability but the bulk of the problem is the government. Posters have likened this situation to blaming a dog (government) instead of the master (corporations) but a dog doesn’t have the ability to throw their master out of the house. In my opinion the protesters are going after the wrong whale.

    • @John

      Wow, very well-said… Surprisingly… LOL! Just kidding John! You know I’m joking with you :-P

      Seriously though, I agree with just about everything you just said. Very good points. I would like to add that out-sourcing is also due to labor unions setting pay rates, benefits, and termination terms so steep that companies find it impossible to remain competitive compared to foreign companies who do not have to deal with similar unions. So they out-source since it’s more affordable to get labor elsewhere. Then add to that the EPA also making it hard to run factories on US soil… It’s so many factors that play into that but people find it easier to just point fingers at the “evil” corporations…

      • Oh yeah, forgot about the unions. One of the reaons Detroit was in such a mess was because of unions.

    • Nice post.

      And again, it’s not about any specific issue, or any specific “whale”, OWS is just about getting people to realize, talk about, and do something about these issues.

    • Oh, and the protestors have also said stuff about the government too (you can check the website and various blogs), not just Wall St., and they’re certainly not /just/ pointing fingers…

  4. lol I’m well aware of the guilt trip. It was so obnoxious I chose to ignore it (regardless of whether or not if what he did is true, using that in an argument in incredibly stupid).

    And I’m aware of Nautius, no worries. Thanks though haha.

    Nice. :P

    • This jerk fest is cute guys. I’m feeling the love in the room now! ;-)

  5. I can’t believe I’m the only one who knows who David Jones really is. Come on… COME ON PEOPLE!!! Think McFly, think! :-D

    • Ken,

      Thanks, I’m not as on top of comments as I used to be. I don’t know why he can’t seem to stay away. It’s like some addiction. Guy is an evangelist for the black helicopter crowd – I wonder if there are any other sites that suffer his deranged ravings.


      • Your process of banning somebody is pretty hardcore Vic.
        “evangelist for the black helicopter crowd – I wonder if there are any other sites that suffer his deranged ravings.”

        Lol, Mr Facebook whoo-er. My so called deranged ravings upset your msm brainwashing programmed brain. Opps.

        Go ahead and ban this comment fast!

        • I say this in all seriousness: Seek medical attention.


  6. Everyone – I’m getting ready to comb through all these comments and if any of them come across as hostile towards another commenter then I will delete it.

    We don’t discuss politics on SR very much because, well you know, we are a movie site but this post has an obvious political-centric story line to it so we will allow some leeway in this instance.

    However, at no time will I allow offensive language, name calling or berating of other people in your comments. If you want to discuss your political opinions on the OWS movement (both pro and con) then by all means feel free to express them but do so in a civil and adult manner.

    Thank you,

    Paul Young

  7. The Net treats censorship as damage and routes around it. Censorship is the enemy when it is used to bury vital information. long live David Jones and others that speak their mind, no matter what the opposition. Censorship will always be a problem in a society ruled by fear.