‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Chooses Detroit Shoot Over Chicago

Director Christopher Nolan further expounds on why Batman is not suited for 3D.
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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Chooses Detroit Shoot Over Chicago

The Dark Knight Rises chooses Detroit over Chicago Warner Bros. revealed earlier in the week that The Dark Knight Rises would shoot on location in Los Angeles and the UK, with a third location not yet decided. Fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise have long hoped that the third location would be Chicago, which was utilized to great effect in The Dark Knight, giving Gotham City a very distinct, dark, industrial, and textured look. But that doesn't seem to be the case, as a local Chicago report indicates The Dark Knight Rises has chosen to shoot in Detroit instead.

The city of Detroit is very industrial and rundown, and should provide The Dark Knight Rises with the proper atmosphere it needs, though some fans still worry that the look of the new movie will not fit the continuity set up with the first two installments. But hey, if Maggie Gyllenhaal can replace Katie Holmes, a town swap shouldn't be too big of a deal, right?

Detroit is simply offering better incentives at this point, and it is quickly becoming the premiere destination for location shooting, with Real Steel and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas having both just wrapped there.

Christopher Nolan recently made the press rounds, but instead of talking about the locations he has chosen to shoot in, he decided to further expound upon his decision to forego 3D for this third installment of his Batman franchise. Here is what he had to say:

In the case of Batman, I view those as iconic, operatic movies, dealing with larger-than-life characters. The intimacy that the 3D parallax illusion imposes isn't really compatible with that. We are finishing our story on the next Batman, and we want to be consistent to the look of the previous films. I've seen work in 3D like 'Avatar' that's exciting. But, for me, what was most exciting about 'Avatar' was the creation of a world, the use of visual effects, motion capture, performance capture, these kinds of things. I don't think 'Avatar' can be reduced to its 3D component, it had so much more innovation going on that's extremely exciting. 3D has always been an interesting technical format, a way of showing something to the audience. But you have to look at the story you're telling: is it right?"

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012.

Sources:Reel Chicago

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  • jasonkat • 4 years ago

    if batman 3 went 3d, u might c jokers face doing his evil laugh at u . pops out from out of the screen. ha that b funny but spooky. i can still hear him now DOING HIS EVIL LAUGH saying "people will die"

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    • spongebob-boxofficepants • 4 years ago

      Batman doesn't need to be in 3D

      I mean what things you will see right in front of your eyes?

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      • zanyzap • 4 years ago

        I've only seen Detroit from inside the airport. Too scared to leave the terminal...

        It should work. I'm sure the continuity will be fine.

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        • daveactor7 • 4 years ago

          Detroit is a great place to shoot at and it does have a reminiscence of Chicago. Nonetheless, I believe Nolan will create an incredible final third film.

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          • bane5000 • 4 years ago

            heres a link to one of the concept pics for Arkham City i was talking bout, lemme know if this fits or feels like Detroit becoming Gotham City...

            http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/gallerypictures/21716L.jpg

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            • dan1 • 4 years ago

              I'm sure the finished product will be amazing."The night is always darkest before dawn".

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              • bane5000 • 4 years ago

                If anyone has seen the new concept art for the Arkham City game, the buildings, skyline and rooftops strongly resemble the look that was in the movie The Crow, which was based in Detroit...now imagine Batman in a dark, back street enviroment like that and keeping with downtown Gotham looking spectacular with its many high-rise skyscrapers { some will be added digitally says Nolan and production, as they did before in Begins }, i can see this working afterall

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                • slysnide • 4 years ago

                  "The city of Detroit is very industrial and rundown" You should see the comparative photo with Hiroshima in 1945 & 2005.

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                  • insertusernamehere • 4 years ago

                    I believe in Christopher Nolan.

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                    • asif • 4 years ago

                      Great.

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                      • the-movieghost • 4 years ago

                        Hell. Yes.

                        TDKR is comin' to Michigan! :D

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                        • chickflick • 4 years ago

                          Detroit is pretty badass

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                          • cripple • 4 years ago

                            In Nolan I trust.

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                            • jakn • 4 years ago

                              Cool.

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                              • fake343333333 • 4 years ago

                                Nolan is lying when he is says Avatar was exciting, because it wasn't. All visual and no story. Nolan brings all aspects of film to life!

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                                • dylan-giampaolo • 4 years ago

                                  Three points of view:

                                  1) The Joker must appear at less one last time (just some minutes) ... May be in the first minutes of the movie.

                                  2) Harvey Two Faces don't should appear.

                                  3) Nolan is the greatest filmaker of last ten years (may be more)

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                                  • Ilikepie202 • 4 years ago

                                    @Virdadrama how would we know?

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                                    • virgadrama • 4 years ago

                                      whens the extras auditions

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                                      • Ilikepie202 • 4 years ago

                                        I guess this is good! @Insert Username here: THAT IS A FACT!!!!!

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                                        • fanboy • 4 years ago

                                          No 3D? Thats great news! We all love you Nolan

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