The Dark Knight Rises Update: Morgan Freeman Spotted on the L.A. Set, Batman's 'Batcave' Returns
08.30.11 by BJSprecher
After globe-trotting from India to the U.K. and finally to the U.S., Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises production recently wrapped a lengthy shoot in Pittsburgh, which doubled for Batman's (Christian Bale) home of Gotham City. TDKR is now filming in Los Angeles. So far, unlike the Pittsburgh shoot that yielded tons of revealing information about the movie in the form of "spy" photos and videos, nothing has really come out of the L.A. set except the knowledge that some of the scenes being shot will include a flood. Some have speculated that the L.A. shoot currently in progress is simply a second unit shoot, but the recent sighting of Morgan Freeman on the set disproves that theory. According to MovieWeb, Freeman's character, Wayne Enterprises President Lucius Fox, may factor into an important plot point that has already been teased in previous photos and videos.
Some of the most intriguing — and confusing — photos and videos to come out of the Pittsburgh leg of the shoot have been the ones showing camouflaged, militarized 'Tumblers,' the sturdy urban tanks that Bale's Batman uses as his Batmobile. In some photos, actress Marion Cotillard has been captured climbing into a Tumbler in an outfit that could reveal she is really playing a character with intimate knowledge of Batman and not simply "Miranda Tate, Wayne Enterprises board member." Why would Bruce Wayne sell his Batmobiles to the military? Is he dating Miranda Tate? If not, how did she get the keys to one of his sweet rides? According to MovieWeb, Freeman was on the L.A. set to shoot a scene in which Fox "gets in the way of a Tumbler theft" perpetrated by Tate and Bane (Tom Hardy).
In related news, the Welsh site WalesOnline has reported that The Dark Knight Rises production spent a couple days filming at Brecon Beacons National Park "a few weeks ago." According to the report, the site of the shoot, Henrhyd Waterfall in the Neath Valley, will double as Batman's superhero hideout, the famous 'Batcave,' which has not been seen since Batman Begins. The site quotes an "insider" as having revealed that the majestic 90-foot waterfall is "going to be used in the opening sequence of the film, as Batman discovers the Batcave."
The Dark Knight Rises also stars Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, Josh Pence as (young) Ra's al Ghul, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake, Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, Matthew Modine as Nixon, and Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist." Christopher Judge, Tom Conti, and Joey King also star in as-yet-unspecified roles. Liam Neeson is also rumored to be making a return appearance as his Batman Begins character, Ra's al Ghul, possibly in a flashback sequence.