We previously heard -- just last week in fact -- that shooting would kick off in May. Now, there's an unofficial report that some early pickup work is happening in the real-life inspiration for Batman's Gotham home, New York City.
"And so it begins! They are doing a plate shot in a helicopter over New York City this week," a source identified as "A.P." told Batman-On-Film. "Apparently, Chris Nolan wants to get the city with snow on the ground."
If the rumor proves true, the news could be taken a couple of ways. Obviously, having snow on the ground could tie into the time of year the narrative will unfold in. There's also always the remote possibility that Nolan's desire for snow could point to Mr. Freeze being a villain in the film (though we're not betting on it at this point). Remember, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently in talks to join the "DKR" cast, though no one involved with the production is talking about which character he'd play
The main part of the production still seems set to start in May, and announcements are still coming in on a near-weekly basis. The Gordon-Levitt news broke last week. Prior to that, Anne Hathaway was cast as Selina Kyle, Catwoman's alter-ego, and Tom Hardy was confirmed for the role of Bane. And before that, composer Hans Zimmer told MTV that he intends to "invent and reinvent" with his "Dark Knight Rises" score.
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