Batman in the 'Burgh!

The final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy Dark Knight Rises will begin filming in Pittsburgh, PA this Friday. Nolan and the star of the film Christian Bale sat down with members of the Press and the Pittsburgh Film Office to talk about the project. Here's what they had to say:

"There will be fighting on the streets a great deal." commented Bale. He continued, "Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit and hospitality ahead of time, and we'll try and stay out of your hair as much as possible and hopefully leave with good memories for everybody."

Nolan had quite a bit to say about the lovely city of Pittsburgh and it's residents,

"I just want to take this opportunity before we start shooting -- we start tomorrow -- to thank really everybody in the city of Pittsburgh for the welcome that we've been shown.
 When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase, really, the vitality and the size of a major American city -- but also involves a certain amount of disruption to that city in order to make the action appear credible that we want to put on screen, Nolan said he really needs the sort of welcome and cooperation he's found here.

I think the architecture of this city is a very beautiful city on a very impressive scale and yet one which has a community that hasn't lost its human scale. Those are two elements that are extremely hard to find and incredibly valuable to a production like 'The Dark Knight Rises,' where we're really looking to have the architecture of a major American city somewhat disrupted by what we're going to do."



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