Why Battle: L.A. is Black Hawk Down meets Alien

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Aaron Eckhart told a group of reporters that he was scheduled to begin filming the alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles today; the film portrays the fight between marines and aliens in the City of Angels.

"We've got a great shooter [Lukas Ettlin], and he's going to do it like Black Hawk Down meets Alien," Eckhart said in a group interview on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting the romantic drama Love Happens. "So it's going to be real marine stuff. He's going to film it in a very documentary style."

To play marines, Eckhart and his co-stars spent three weeks in boot camp. Eckhart flexed his muscles to demonstrate his commitment to authenticity.

"I'm ready," Eckhart continued. "We have been in boot camp for three weeks. We've trained hard for it. I'm coming dead right off boot camp into it. The director, Jonathan Liebesman, is great. We know our stuff."

The day before principal photography began, Eckhart was confident that Battle: Los Angeles has an edge over the likes of Independence Day and War of the Worlds.

"It's going to be no ordinary aliens movie, I guarantee you that," he declared. "It's going to be outrageous. This movie's going to be so great. I go out on a limb in saying that."

As for the late Harvey Dent, one year after The Dark Knight, Eckhart said that he assumes Two-Face's fate was sealed. "Well, I suppose there's always the chance" that he could return in a contemplated sequel, Eckhart pondered. "I don't know anything. [Director] Chris [Nolan] hasn't called me, so I'm going to seek other representation until further notice."

Battle: Los Angeles is slated for release in February 2011.