The Latest on The Dark Knight Rises Production: The Bat-Signal Flies Over Pittsburgh as Blackgate Prison Explodes
08.03.11 by BJSprecher
Pittsburgh is getting notice for something other than the Steelers football team now that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has begun filming there. "Steel City" is the new stand-in for Batman's (Christian Bale) fictional home of Gotham City — replacing Chicago, where Nolan filmed the majority of the Gotham scenes in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
— and some spectacular "spy" pics and video have been coming from the plethora of amateur photographers and paparazzi swarming the sets.
Recently, laser beams have been spotted shooting through the air over downtown Pittsburgh, illuminating a large Bat logo on the 31-story Highmark Building. Many early commenters on the symbol speculated that it was the part of the shoot, perhaps the new Bat-signal — Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) destroyed the old-fashioned spotlight Bat-signal in the last movie — but it's more likely than not simply Pittsburgh's way of welcoming the production to the city.
Several amateur photographers also captured footage of a pyrotechnic explosion at a building on the Carnegie Melon University (CMU) campus that had been previously identified as the stand-in for 'Blackgate Prison' by a plaque on the outside of the building. The plaque not only names the fictional prison, but it includes the following dedication to Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the crusading District Attorney in The Dark Knight who is turned into Two-Face by the Joker (Heath Ledger):
DEDICATED MARCH 2010 TO
DISTRICT ATTORNEY HARVEY DENT
FOR HIS COMMITTED SERVICE
TO PROTECT GOTHAM CITY
There are several videos of the Blackgate explosion online, but embedded below is the best one we've found, both in terms of picture quality and sound.
After departing Pittsburgh, The Dark Knight Rises production is expected to move on to Los Angeles, New York City, and possibly Newark.