Joseph Gordon-Levitt Announces a "Wrap" on The Dark Knight Rises; Matthew Modine Explains Why Batman Did Not Occupy Wall Street
11.16.11 by BJSprecher
In a somewhat surprising and definitely anti-climatic move, it appears as if actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced the end of principal photography on director Christopher Nolan's third and final movie in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR). Gordon-Levitt posted a photo of himself on his hitRECord.org production company website wearing a TDKR-logo hat with the following caption:
Picture wrap. #TDKR
In recent weeks, Nolan had been filming some major action sequences in Manhattan, including a full-scale riot between Batman (Christian Bale), the Gotham City Police Department and Bane's (Tom Hardy) army of armed thugs. Over the weekend, the production caused traffic congestion and more than a little resentment among some locals when the upper span of the 59th Street Bridge was shut down for filming.
At one point, there had been talk of Nolan possibly using the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors in some way in the movie, but this never came to pass. In a recent interview with IndieWire to promote his new short, Jesus Was a Commie, Matthew Modine, who plays a police detective in TDKR, explained why the decision was made to not incorporate the protestors into the movie.
The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. At the end of the day, we're making a movie. What's happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what's happening there and around the country… we didn't want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Jonathan Nolan from a story conceived by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Returning cast members include Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, and Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City. New additions in major roles include Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Josh Pence as a younger (or mystically rejuvenated) Ra's al Ghul, and Juno Temple as Holly Robinson. Alon Aboutboul, Christopher Judge, Daniel Sunjata, Rob Brown, Adam Rodriguez, Christopher Judge, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman, Tom Conti, and Joey King also star.