“The Dark Knight Rises” planning a major Wall Street location shoot?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Warner Bros. representatives recently put to rest the theory that Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” would not film near the Occupy Wall Street movement while shooting on location in New York City, and that the protestors would not stand in – as believed by some – for disgruntled Gotham citizens trying to take back their city from rampant criminals.

But that doesn’t mean “Rises” won’t shoot in the Wall Street district at all.

In fact, On Location Vacations is reporting that “Magnus Rex” – the bogus name Nolan’s been filming under when on location – will shoot a major scene in Wall Street that’s “expected to be more than 1000 extras used in the scene which will be set in a Gotham that has been taken over by Bane.”

“After months of chaos the cops return and the ‘good guys’ battle it out with the ‘bad guys’ for the streets of Gotham,” the site notes. “Tom Hardy and Christian Bale are both expected to be there in full costumes as Bane and Batman. It’s also rumored that they will begin rehearsing for the shoot in a couple day at Riis Park.”

I wonder if that’s similar to the street-level fighting we saw during visible Pittsburgh shooting over the summer. In addition, “Rises” plans to film in midtown Manhattan this week, occupying West 58th Street between 7th and 5th Ave. on Friday, Oct. 28.

Expect plenty of photos and set videos to reach the Web shortly after.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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