New teasers say The Dark Knight Rises is planning to occupy Wall Street, placing Batman and Bane alongside the New York protestors as the movement continues to expand.
The Los Angeles Times reports the filming schedule for Dark Knight Rises includes a two-week slot in New York starting Oct. 29. If that weren't enough to get fans excited, an anonymous source briefed on the actors' schedules let slip that scenes from the shoot could involve the Occupy Wall Street protests, meaning real-life protesting from Zuccotti Park could make it into the film's backdrop.
To add fuel to the fire, a casting call for Dark Knight Rises has listed requirements for military and/or law enforcement training/experience, weapons training, and/or martial arts training, and says characters will be in a city besieged by crime and corruption. A Warner Bros. spokeswoman confirmed filming in New York but would not elaborate further.
Of course, a movie spoiler from Christopher Nolan must always come with a few caveats. The director is infamous for tossing out rumors that later turn out exaggerated, misrepresented, or just wildly untrue. Take, for instance, the notion that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would play The Holiday Killer from classic comic The Long Halloween. Or that Marion Cotillard, another Nolan favorite, would play Wayne Enterprises member Miranda Tate.
Then again, both Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt will be featured in Dark Knight Rises, and both the Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane spoilers turned out to be true.
The teaser also comes far enough after Occupy Wall Street began to suggest Nolan might use the movement as a setting for Gotham, not as a function of the plot. Nolan is, after, notorious for plotting out movies months in advance, down to individual screen shots and character exchanges.
If Occupy Wall Street does make to the movies, the possibilities are endless. Will Tom Hardy's Bane, a villain recently escaped from jail, start a riot among the protestors? Bane and Batman were photoed filming a cop-crawling fight scene in Pittsburgh recently. Will Anne Hathaway's Catwoman hide in the crowd? Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt get caught up in some unexpected violence with NYC's 99 percent?
What will be most interesting, however, is how Occupy Wall Street itself will react, if and when stars like Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan show up to film. The Batman movie franchise is more Big Business than 99 percent, and Dark Knight Rises is itself running at $250 million with Warner Bros, one of the world's largest and richest media companies.
That said, Nolan's roots are in independent filmmaking, and Christian Bale's Batman is a champion against corporate corruption as well as crime. And protests, whether real in New York or fictional on film, certainly don't clash with the films' interest in civil order and urban unrest, explored in Batman Begins and elaborated at length in its sequel The Dark Knight. The Pittsburgh photos certainly seem to suggest that the third film will continue the fight.
If all goes well, and the teasers turn out to be true, Gotham protestors may take up the Batman signal as their own.