Locals have often referred to New York City as "Gotham," but now the Big Apple is becoming Batman's hometown for real as The Dark Knight Rises—pardon the pun—occupies the city for the next two weeks.
For its final stop on a world tour that has taken the production to India, London, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, The Dark Knight Rises is camping in New York starting today. Filming began at one of Donald Trump's many Manhattan skyscrapers—made over to look like the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises—and Celebuzz has already posted a heap of photos of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Gotham City police officer John Blake, not to mention Wayne's sleek new ride (see below).
Despite rumors that director Christopher Nolan was going to film scenes at downtown's Zuccotti Park, home of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that there were no plans to shoot at the base of the ongoing protests. But Nolan may have something equally big in mind, as an open casting call for the New York shoot was looking for "physically fit athletes, people with military and/or law enforcement training/experience, weapons training, and/or martial arts training" to play police officers, guards and soldiers.
That sounds like we might very well see a confrontation between the Gotham PD and the League of Shadows, led by Bane (Tom Hardy), before the production leaves New York on Nov. 11.
As with every other location this movie has visited, expect to see a lot more set photos online between now and then. After that, it looks like principal photography may be over and Nolan will begin post-production—after all, he's got that six minutes of footage to put together in time for December.
(via Rope Of Silicon)