Surprising news. Christopher Nolan’s third and likely final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, will shoot primarily in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In other news, I’m moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pittsburgh Film Office made the announcement yesterday that they had sealed the deal with Warner Bros. to shoot the movie there. “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Batman film to Pittsburgh, and eager for the economic impact that our city will experience,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “This is another example of the growing film industry in our community, and we will be rolling out the red carpet for them.”
“They’re still nailing down actual locations but what they really fell in love with was the diversity of architecture and the gorgeous buildings that we still have in Downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas,” said Dawn Keezer, the director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. She also mentioned the production would likely shoot there for four to six weeks in the downtown and nearby areas. Apparently the decision was four months in the making.
Batman Begins was shot primarily in England and Chicago while the sequel, The Dark Knight, was shot mostly in Chicago with other scenes being shot in the UK and Hong Kong. The setting of Chicago certainly gave a home to Gotham so it’s very curious to see this switch to Pittsburgh being made.
“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city,” said Nolan. “We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman.”
“We’ve been thrilled with all the work we’ve had in Southwestern Pennsylvania but Batman’s a known franchise. People know what Batman’s about and we’re thrilled that they have chosen Pittsburgh,” said Keezer. She said it’s too early to know how much local cast and crew will be hired but that it will certainly help promote jobs and financial growth for the city.
Another comic book adaptation, Joe Hill’s Locke and Key television pilot, was recently filming in the city as well. The Dark Knight Rises is due in theaters July 2, 2012.
What do you think about the move and how it will affect the look of the film? Anyone from the area?