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Pittsburgh IS Gotham City! THE DARK KNIGHT RISES To Film There!

Nordling here.

I thought Chicago served as a terrific surrogate Gotham, especially in the truck chase.  I've never been to Pittsburgh, so I don't know how it looks in comparison, but apparently it impressed Christopher Nolan sufficiently to decide to film the final chapter of his Batman saga there, according to the Pittsburgh Film Office.  Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proclaimed, "We are thrilled to be welcoming the Batman film to Pittsburgh, and eager for the economic impact that our city will experience.  This is another example of the growing film industry in our community, and we will be rolling out the red carpet for them."

According to the master of ceremonies himself, Christopher Nolan: "Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. We have been able to find everything we were looking for here, and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman."  Thanks to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for the info.

So obviously Terry Bradshaw IS Deadshot, right?  Okay, I got nothing. 

Nordling, out.

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  • April 5, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by Yurka

    Pittsburgh will make a great Gotham!!

  • April 5, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    second ...

    by SpencerBarnes

    ... city traded for the 'burgh? seems like a trade-down.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Awesome. Let's hope it lives up to the hype.

    by eric haislar

  • April 5, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Dongalore

    Hooray for Zoidberg!

  • April 5, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Christopher Nolan has obviously never been to Moose Jaw!

    by 8footTallGopher

  • April 5, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    No one will even notice the difference

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Except those who live there and a few others who might recognize key landmarks. Good for Pittsburgh. I live in the Milwaukee area, and every time a big Hollywood film has come to town, there's always a considerable buzz; it's good for the economics.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by dcut75

    Badass capital of the world, motherfuckers!

  • April 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Batman goes to Kennywood!

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • April 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by dcut75

    You gotta get here, if only to tour Monroeville Mall

  • April 5, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Apparently Delaware wasn't available

    by Bobo_Vision

  • April 5, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    8foottallgopher - "moose Jaw"

    by korkie70

    Agreed, or infact the mighty metropolis of Moss Bank. or the majestic Regina, sitting on the shores of the awesome wascana Lake

  • April 5, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Aw, you mean it won't be filmed in Bayonne, NJ?


  • April 5, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    "It's called a cheesesteak sandwich."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Does it come in black... rye bread?"

  • April 5, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    This is Nolan's subtle way of lowering expectations.


    Might as well shoot in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    City of Champions

    by shutupfanboy

    Lower expectations will be filming in Philly or NY.

  • Or Cleveland.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    "Hey, come film in Pittsburgh! ...


    "... We have, uh, the Steelers!"

  • April 5, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Except where those Pirates are concerned...

    by skycrapper

    Do you all even still have pro-baseball?

  • April 5, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Why Shitsburgh?

    by tailhook

    Tax breaks? Thats the only way i see anybody going to that cesspool. Either way, not good news. Chicago brought a reality and grounding to TDK that the Gotham City in Batman Begins sorely missed. Now they're headed to some third-rate town out in Pennsylvania? Horrible news.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Hey, the Pirates are 3-1!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    As of today, they're in the pennant race.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    DumbAss Illinois taxed themselves out of work

    by AnarchyWorldsEnd

    I wouldn't be surprised if that's the reason for the shift from Chicago... They're gonna lose some heavy manufacturing in that state as well.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    "Warner Bros. Announces 'Justice League' To Film in East St. Louis."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Jeff Robinov, President of WB's Motion Picture Group, said, "Yeah, it's great. We can blow up buildings here and no one cares. Plus, the strip clubs here are awesome."

  • April 5, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Bayonne re: the_choppah

    by Bayonne

    Bayonne is the hometown of Batman movie producers Charles Roven and Michael Uslan.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    Exactly. I am SO pissed that the next Batman sequel is not shooting here in Chicago. I had a chance to go try out to be an extra for TDK in 2007 but my damn ex wasn't having it. It would have been nice to possibly be an extra in this film!

  • April 5, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Here in Texas we have a film morals clause.

    by mjgtexas

    Any script that depicts the state in a bad light is denied tax credits, thus scaring off filmmmakers like Nolan. There is a Bat Cave already built for him under the Congress Avenue Bridge.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Bayonne still stucks, bayonne.


  • April 5, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Hey, why not shoot in Camden?


  • April 5, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    to be honest

    by lfhlaw

    When I've watched movies, it's really difficult to see the city per se at all and typically I don't recognize the city that much. I mean pretty much i couldn't tell that the last film was filmed in Chicago. I've not been to Chicago so I don't recognize landmarks as well. I mean when 'Love& other drugs' was filmed in Pittsburgh, could you tell? I could care less where it's filmed as long as the story and directing is on target. The Dark Knight could've been filmed in LA for all I cared and i think heath ledger still would've done a bang up job.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by cikas47

    Now to see if i can get some work on this film, would be awesome to be in the film credits.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Batman comes to Harrisburg.


    For the Farm Equipment Expo.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Gotham should be Baltimore.

    by cookylamoo

    With all the characters from Homicide and the Wire.

  • April 5, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Now Scranton I can definitely understand.


    The blight there is quite gothic.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Cuntsburgh, Cuntsylvania!

    by Happyfat73

    Never been there - but I've got a great friend from Cuntsburgh. At least, he tells people he's from Cuntsburgh.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    the_choppah probably lives in Williamsburg

    by Bayonne


  • April 5, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    "Pittsburgh: You might as well shoot your movie in Indianapolis."


  • April 5, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    bayonne: THE_CHOPPAH lives in many vaginas.


    At least in there I'm safe from the noxious AquaNet fumes that constitute Bayonne's atmosphere.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    That Bruce Willis boat-cops movie; the recent Russell

    by CreasyBear

    Crowe movie which I didn't see, and . . . can't think of any other Pittsburgh based movies. Though, yes, this movie will be set in Gotham. Still, Gotham looked a heckuva lot like Chicago in the Dark Knight. Down to the slightly altered license plates!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I <3 Chicago, but...

    by Key Chung

    I'm happy to see a different side of Gotham City than the one we got in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Pittsburgh is a very scenic city given the fact it's known for the steel industry. I'm hoping it's a great stand-in for Gotham, as now Chicago is going to be a stand-in for Metropolis. (If that isn't going to confuse things enough.) If it was good enough for Romero, it's good enough for Nolan.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    "lives in many vaginas"

    by Bayonne

    means "I have never actually seen one in person"

  • April 5, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Best Pittsburgh movie outside of Romero's stuff: Wonder Boys


  • April 5, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    They could make Substitute V with The Coke/Whore budget for this movie

    by SmokieGeezer

    Treat Williams IS Karl Thommason

  • With the NFL lockout, Big Ben is going to be on the prowl for some strange.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Thank god it wasn't Toronto...

    by gopher

    ...whatever money they would have saved in tax breaks would have been eaten up in post-production "editing out" all the Canadian landmarks. LOL the Batmobile cruising by Sam the Record Man or Casa Loma

  • April 5, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    see bruce wayne get the runs from eating too many clark bars

    by jupiterjim

    sorry grew up there....good news for the burg

  • April 5, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    And. . . The GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD isn't available

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

    And yes I'm talking about New York City!!! Suck on THAT Civilians of the other 49States!!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Palisades

    by Bayonne

  • April 5, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    "The Dark Knight Rises... Up The Thunderbolt Lift Hill"

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • April 5, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Mayor Luke Ravenstahl must give good . . .Handshakes!

    by Tarantinos_Forehead

    thats the only reason why Nolan would decide to film there.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    "the dark knight goes to sewickly and says wtf"

    by jupiterjim

  • April 5, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon's AVENGERS shooting in Cleveland !!!

    by Monkey_King

    MARVEL's retro-fitting of the comics and the Ultimates is being filmed in my hometown. Yeah, It will bring serious bank to the city and theaters, but I'm tiring from the continuity-shitty films MARVEL has been putting out starting with the casting of Duncan as Kingpin and Jackson as Nick Fury. Mind you, they are both fine actors and I love'em to death...I feel that MARVEL shit on it's fanbase by stunt casting these fellas and didn't stick to the comics.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Gotham City actually is in NJ. bayonne is right


  • April 5, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Superman filming in Chicago at the same time.

    by sabiansix

    I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    And Metropolis is in Delaware.


  • April 5, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Sidney Crosby is The Penguin...

    by Grumptor

    I live in The Burgh, and after hearing this rumor for months, I looked around and it will make an excellent Gotham. The US Steel building looks like a Glass and Steel gothic cathedral...

  • April 5, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I have family in Pittsburgh

    by D.Vader

    We go EVERY summer for a family reunion, and yet THIS year is the year we don't go. WTF. Maybe a trip is in order to try and get a job up there.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I spent a week in Pittsburgh one day.


  • The scene where he rapes Catwoman is so fucking hot!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is one of my favorite cities

    by Billy_D_Williams

    love it there

  • April 5, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter to me

    by sith_rising

    just show Arkham and The Narrows again. TDK felt too removed from the Gotham of Batman Begins.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I assume Chicago will still get a secondary unit crew

    by Silv

    For establishing shots and what not.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    What's with the Delaware jokes?

    by Fah-Cue

    Was it in contention for the film to be made there?

  • April 5, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is a cool looking town.

    by Chewtoy

    Steel bridges and girders everywhere among a wide variety of architecture. Even the urban decay areas are pretty awesome... lushly overgrown ruins of crumbling brick built into winding cliffsides. It's a photographer's dream.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Will Batman appear on Videodrome?

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Si, patron!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Do people forget Avengers is shooting in Cleveland?

    by Yurka

    Pittsburgh will be a great Gotham, but Cleveland for the Avengers. Sweet Jesus.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    at least its still the east coast

    by elsewhere

    where Batman belongs. East coast represent!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Used to live there

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I remember thinking the Cathedral of Learning on the U Pitt campus looked like it came from a Batman movie.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Gotham does have that great Caste skyscraper downtown

    by D.Vader

    That'd look right at home in a Batman movie.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Oh shit, I meant PITTSBURGH

    by D.Vader

    Pittsburgh has the gothic castle.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by 8footTallGopher

    I'm with ya! I can see it now.... Batman diving off of the upper deck of Taylor Field... swinging through the twin towers and crashing down on a mugger in wascana park. seems like Gotham to me!!

  • April 5, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by scott evans

    You still holding on to that bullshit? Daredevil? Really? Like Duncan as Kingpin was the main problem with that film. And Ultimate Nick Fury is based specifically on Samuel Jackson. The Marvel films are a hybrid of Ultimate universe and 616. Time to get past it, maybe?

  • April 5, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Pretty dumb actually. For the last six years,

    by elgato73

  • I wonder if the Chicago Film Office wanted too much damn money or if Nolan was pissed at them for denying him locations. Would not surprise me. Chicago is one fucked up city. That's why it was perfect for Gotham.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    I can see it already. Batman and Gordon try to take down the inner corruption of the NFL front offices after Roger Goodell fines James Harrison again. Gotham has an uprising after the city goes into a full-on riot after the Pirates extend their consecutive losing seasons streak to 148. Posters claiming "We Believe in Bobby Bonilla" are defaced all over the city. Batman gets into a face-to-face altercation with the Penguin, played by Sidney Crosby, before he realizes that Crosby is a giant flaming pussy and its not worth his time. And then the trilogy ends with Bruce binging on Primanti brothers sandwiches and going into cardiac arrest.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "What's with the Delaware jokes?"


    I think the question should be, "Why aren't there more Delaware jokes?"

  • April 5, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    Is a pretty neat city. It has a good mix of old and new, including some pretty rad gothic churches. I'd love to see the Bats standing on one of the spires of the PPG tower.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    So will Bane be modeled on former Pittsburgh hero Barry Bonds?


    Both became impossibly huge after juicing.

  • April 5, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Sidney Crosby: Big pussy, or biggest pussy?


  • April 5, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Rahm Emanuel is to blame

    by Pat Down

  • April 5, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    no one will know the difference

    by Obscura

    all the fantastic city vistas in the last film were all visual effects by double negative, who will be doing the same again this time round.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by NoHubris

    Or does somebody on Nolan's team have some issue with Ari or both Rahm and Ari?

  • April 5, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    "Pittsburgh: At least we're not Cleveland"

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Brought to you by the Pennsylvania Board of Tourism.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    With Nolan, the change is likely about the plot...

    by NoHubris others have alluded to. As we saw with Avatar, the setting also serves as a major character in such action oriented, event movies.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    Pittsburgh / Western Pa. has had many films or portions of films shot here throughout the years. Among my favorites is Innocent Blood which was shot back in the early 90's. A fun vampire / mobster romp that was really pretty enjoyable to watch. No particular order (and I will admit that some of the films are far from fantastic, but that is not necessarily the fault of the location now, is it?) some of the films that were at least shot partially here are: Silence of the Lambs The Road She's Out Of Your League Zack and Miri Make a Porno Adventureland The Mothman Prophecies Wonderboys Dogma Kingpin Hoffa Lorenzo's Oil The Dark Half Gung Ho Some bits of Robocop were filmed there as well. That's off the top of my head, I'm not sure of what others there may be. I'm purposely trying to forget Striking Distance as that movie still makes my head hurt just trying to make sense of the car chases, let alone the ridiculous plot. Yes folks those tug boats that push the barges on the rivers always have to be on the look out for those armed gunmen just arbitrarily showing up out of nowhere to rob them. Rob them of what, I still have no idea. ~sigh~

  • April 5, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    braindrain, I thought we were pals!


    I ... (sniffle) ... thought ... (sniffsniffchoke) ... you were my -- my ... FRIEND (whaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!) Okay, you're still my friend. Truce?

  • Some other movies filmed in Pittsburgh (good and bad): Silence of the Lambs, Dogma, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Wonder Boys, Flashdance, Unstoppable, The Road, Hoffa, Rock Star, Slapshot, The Deer Hunter and lots of George Romero Living Dead films.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Gotta applaud Nolan for not going the cliche NY/LA route

    by Terrence

    Like every other movie tends to do. He does acknowledge there are more cities in the country to use as a backdrop aside from that.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Are we gonna get a rebuilt Wayne mansion and Bat Cave?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • April 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    HA HA what a bunch of dumbfu#ks!!

    by RedEaglez

    You especially Tailhook. What, you afraid Pittsburgh can't match that great "Wayne Enterprises" building they showed for 3 seconds in Dark Knight? Is it that the street the Batpod drove on is so special? Can't crash a Lamborghini anywhere but in Chicago? Worse than ignorant....a rube. Pittsburgh will serve Nolan and Co. to a T. It has all the architectural and location requirements of any other city at a fraction of the cost. Dollar for dollar, frame for frame a bargain.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Batman and Bane duke it out on The Racer!

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I can see a precarious bridge fight sequence happening, but locally the news media (yes, we still have bleach blondes) indicated that the production is coming here due to the number of tunnels available to film in. Downtown Pittsburgh pretty much looks like a smaller Chicago but with more twisty turns and hills, so I'd say the spectacular chase scene is shaping up.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh for you trolls

    by NoSmellNoTell

    I am from NY and live in Pittsburgh now and I will tell all you trolls that it really will make a great Gotham. It definitely won't work for long shots of the city but anything up close and Nolan will have a ton to work with. There is so much gothic architecture here that would fit right in to a Batman movie (google Cathedral of Learning and look at the indoor pics). Also for Jay Baruchel to Jake Gyllenhaal to Russell Crowe, the vast majority of people that make movies here seem to love it (Sienna Miller being the exception). Can't wait to see them filming here and I guarantee you it looks great on film.

  • April 5, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is a dirty, ugly city... thus perfect for Gotham

    by DonnyUnitas

    Especially considering the where the plot is going at the end of TDK... with the whole down falling to shit.

  • April 5, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Dumbass alert^^^^^DonnyU

    by RedEaglez

    DonnyUnitas....aren't you named for a Pittsburgh native??

  • April 5, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Na-nuh Na-nuh na-nuh na-nuh SHITTSBURG!!!

    by krod

    i just invented the new theme. you are welcome hans zimmer

  • April 5, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Shitsberg doesn't deserve anything cuz they can't

    by krod

    even beat the packers

  • April 5, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by Tristan

    Isn't that where they shoot Videodrome?

  • April 5, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST are known by the quality of your naysayers

    by TDF

    My guess... The above negative comments regarding Pittsburgh come from one of the following: Morgantown, WVa (aint that damning?) State College, PA, cow milking capital of the entire universe Cleveland ('nuff said)

  • April 5, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    "It died in Pittsburgh".....

    by archer1949

    "Pittsburgh? What do they know in Pittsburgh?" "They Know what they like." "If they knew what they liked, they wouldn't be living in Pittsburgh!"

  • April 5, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    "Pittsburgh is a beautiful city."

    by brobdingnag

    Laughable, just laughable.

  • April 5, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Thank God for Nolan's aproach

    by Romão Santos

    It's refreshing to see, in this age of CGI and green screens, specially in budget hollywood movies such as this one, that the choosing of the filming location is actually news, because we know we will see plenty of the city in the movie. Hooray for Nolan and his moderate use of CGI

  • April 5, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Ahole Ramirez

    by Kammich

    You and the Cowboys might want to try to get out of the cellar of the NFC East, first.

  • April 5, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    They're already going to be filming this summer?

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    didn't realize this was so close to already getting made. Cool.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Bummer. THE DARK KNIGHT was the most Chicagoey movie in decades

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Even more so than Rob Marshall's Chicago movie about Chicago entitled CHICAGO. Every time I walk past the Chicago Board of Trade I think about THE DARK KNIGHT. Still, I'm glad when any movie is shot in the US but outside LA/NY.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    ""Pittsburgh is a beautiful city.""

    by D.Vader

    "Laughable, just laughable." You obviously haven't been there before.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    It's Michael Bays fault.

    by KiwiMetal

  • "I'm not going back to Pittsburgh." "Why not?" "Because of the blizzard." "Oh, right.....the blizzard....."

  • April 5, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Doh..damn enter key.

    by KiwiMetal

    It's Michael Bays fault. Transformers 3 probably annoyed too many residents and they didn't want more disruption and told the Mayors Office his ass was on the line if Batman came back to town....

  • Who knew that Nordling, er, Beaks, er ... "DEVIN" could hate something so irrationally ...

  • April 5, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Apparently they are still going to shoot in Chicago

    by Romão Santos

    Dark Horizons reports that: "Further shooting will take place in both the UK and Chicago where the previous two films have been shot. At last report both Los Angeles and Bucharest were also the sites of some potential filming."

  • April 5, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Obviously, Chicago must've done something to piss him off.

    by riskebiz

    Chicago was great for Gotham. After two films here, it's mystifying why he would suddenly move to Pittsburgh. Do they have the lower Wacker Dr. type of infrastructure that was featured so well in both movies? I find it odd. Chicago must've really done something off to get Nolan to pick up and leave.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    As a Chicago resident...

    by TakeItEasyMon

    What is this fuckery? For Chrissake...

  • April 5, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I hope Christopher Nolan likes one-way streets

    by Mr_Stay_Puft

    because Pittsburgh is made entirely out of them.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I've got no respect for that fucker, Choppah

    by D.Vader

    I don't know if I can even be bothered to follow the link, I think so little of the guy.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Am not from Pittsburgh...and it really is a great city

    by zenith1226

    I hate the steelers...and the pigeons...but pittsburgh will be a great place for a batman film.....

  • "He" isn't really a "him," after all.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by DonnyUnitas

    the namesake of my username is irrelevant to the subject matter at hand, and in no way precludes me from being able to call a spade a spade. Pittsburgh is a dirty, ugly city. It's perfect for a gritty Gotham that needs to be cleaned up. so kindly stick your dumbass alert up your... well, dumb ass.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Good choice no one is ever out on the streets

    by Andrew Coleman

    Been there a couple of times for work and to go to sporting events. The streets are always empty. It's a bleak depressing ass city which works well for Gotham. Also don't call Pittsburgh the city of Champions when that city has the worst franchise of all time: The Pirates. 18 straight losing seasons is the worst of any franchise ever. So I think city of Champions goes to N.Y. You know the place that has that baseball team that has over twenty championships? It's nice seeing studios picking kind of down and out American cities like Cleveland(Avengers) and now Pittsburgh instead of Canada.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Justice League should shoot in Des Moines.


    WB wouldn't even have to worry about closing the streets!

  • April 5, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Not clear on why they passed on Chicago

    by kafka07

    but Pittsburgh is a fine choice as well. I like how Nolan has chosen real locales for his Bat-films.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    "He's" a "shim"?

    by D.Vader

  • April 5, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    He's two "hims."


  • April 5, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Should have been Detroit

    by Jeffrey

    Aside from the knee-jerk assumptions, it's a gothic looking, epic downtown. Just don't leave will never be heard from again. I like Pittsburg, it's a cool town, but it's a cookie cutter re-vitalize project without character. Baltimore would have looked nice too.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    ...and, oh yea!

    by Jeffrey

    Stop posting so much, choppah. You make this site so much cheaper with all your pointless crap.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    They could plan to film the next Iron Man film in Fargo, North Dakota!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 5, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by TDF

    where you from?

  • April 5, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by illegaltouching

    This place must be good. They don't need a big ad or even correct spelling.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Goes to Pants N'Nat

    by Crow3711

    I'm from Pittsburgh!

  • April 5, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST


    by Toe Jam

    Guess the huge incentives offered by New Mexico weren't enough to convince Nolan to shoot in a town that looks absolutely nothing like Gotham and, beyond its stunning history, is a real hole. Have to say I really do love that "Breaking Bad" films on location. Definitely lends it a real air of authenticity.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    It is because of money money money and tax breaks for the movie

    by Professor_Bedlam

    most places are now taking away the tax breaks for movie productions, So now they have to find other places. Like Michigan is now going to take away the tax breaks it was giving to movie productions and now there all leaving! And the state needs the money that they bring but the people in charge don't see this because there stupid!

  • April 5, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Batman asks for directions but can barely understand WTF

    by smudgewhat

    Language they speak in Pittsburgh with that Weird fake half-western accent even though they're only 120 miles from New York State!

  • April 5, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Western wannabeez

    by smudgewhat

  • April 5, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    And yes Chicago was perfect and no

    by smudgewhat

    I don't live there. It just really felt like Gotham on film.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Nolan keep an eye on Synder or he gonna make you look like an idiot!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I don't know why Nolan decided to become involved in the Superman reboot( In Name Only) but he better watch his reputation! And yes I think Nolan involvement is in name only no matter what WB is trying to sell it potential audiences.

  • The (mostly) vacant lot at approximately Franklin and Washington that both "Dark Knight" and "Transformers 3" used for parking film trailers, lighting rigs, equipment and various props is now unusable due to a huge construction project that blocks Washington and crosses over Wacker. In other words, the simple reason for limited DKR filming in Chicago this summer is logistics. The usual Loop locations for such filming are already hopelessly clogged with construction crews who mostly must work at night to avoid daytime commuter/work crowds. Unless the production moved back towards the Chicago River, it would be exceedingly difficult to try to work a tight film shooting schedule around the unpredictable nature of the giant repair work that's occurring in and around Washington and Wacker. Not to mention the problems of noise bleed for audio. That's the cold, hard truth. Nothing more interesting than that.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    BTW, Detroit would have been great as would Baltimore.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Detroit is similar to Chicago and Baltimore fits a more upgraded Gotham but hey it Nolan.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Pissburgh sucks a wet pussy fart.

    by kanye west

    Nothing but raping faggot hillbillies and the douche bag rust covered shit hovels they call homes. I've never seen a shittier looking city and I've been to fucking Cleveland. I guess they really want the run down, desolate sewage covered look on this one.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    yeah, Wacker's all messed up now

    by oisin5199

    don't know how long it's going to take them to fix it, but it definitely puts a damper on any filming. To me, the Batmobile chase in BB was more iconic of Chicago, since it was all about the Lower Wacker Drive, including the bridge they used to cut off the narrows. Pittsburgh is actually a really good choice, as many have said, because of the crazy amounts of gothic architecture. The one thing about all the Chicago filming was that the city was just a bit too clean - even with Bruce Wayne in a high rise. I miss the mansion and the batcave and the buildings with more character.

  • so when should Pittsburghers expect their very own ICE TOWN?

  • April 5, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    New Orleans

    by KoolerThanJesus

    What happened to the story that this was going to film in New Orleans? I thought that had been pretty much confirmed. Or is that out now that Killer Croc is not the big bad.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    erect a statue!

    by BBSloth

  • April 5, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    A bit disappointed...

    by dvdhound79

    I'm from Chicago and loved that I was able to go to all those locations when I lived there. The aged look of downtown's metal and brick structures fit the tone well. That being said, I've never been to Pittsburg, so I don't know the differences. And I trust Nolan implicitly.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Chicago was great, Pittsburgh will be too

    by mr teaspoon

    I live in Pittsburgh and have no doubt the city has what it takes to be Gotham. And I predict the city is going to really embrace the film, like more than the general 'cool movie is filming in my town, woohoo' enthusiasm. Gonna see a lot of shirts in the Strip District with a Batman & Steelers logo.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Oh Pittsburgh?

    by rollermonkey

    The most livable city in America? That Pittsburgh? Where the G-20 summit was? Home of both modern skyscrapers and rusted out old factories for atmosphere? More bridges than any city in the world than Venice Italy? Good choice Nolan because you get to have ME as an extra. Suck it haters, Batman lives in Pittsburgh. James Harrison for 'roid enhanced Bane!

  • April 5, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    unlike you Braindrain George RR Martin isnt a total simpleton

    by Smack_Teddy

    so his criticism of Lost and and any over stuff you troll on in the most dull inane desperate way feels acceptable. Your the guy who despite the democracy we live in wish to hell we could just bypass the law, take you too a remote isolated location and Lemmy you some days ironically

  • April 5, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    How many of you just Googled "Terry Bradshaw"

    by Namssorg

    ... I was halfway through a copy-paste before I realized, wait.. TERRY BRADSHAW. That's not some actor I don't know about, that's a joke. God.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    He probably is not a Cowboys fan. Why? He's literate.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I'm scared to ask, but...

    by Kammich

    Who is your team, sithmenace? I was born in South Philadelphia and I bleed Eagles green. My family has had season tickets dating back to the 1950s at Franklin Field, and I've personally attended just about every huge Eagles game in the last 10 years, including the NFC title games in '02, '03, and '04, as well as the '04 Super Bowl in Jacksonville. If you're a Skins or Giants fan, we can just pretend that this conversation never happened. ;)

  • April 5, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I heard 2 Face is gonna be in this one


  • April 5, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is a shithole

    by Detective_Fingerling

    really and truly

  • April 5, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by LowDevil

    Once in while you actually crack me up. Only once in a while tho.

  • Before commenting on me, i played for 9 years.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    Trust me, I hear the "no Lombardi trophy" thing every single day. My brother-in-law is a Cowboys fan. ;) But, for the time being(essentially through this bullshit lockout), I'll just say "what have you done for me lately?" Yes, you and all of Cowboys nation can kiss our 2010 NFC East division championship. Until, when and IF, the 2011 season kicks off... I'll be happy to hold that over everyone elses heads. And while I only played (less than) one year of organized high school football, I'll stake a claim in this argument... I've been a commisioned sports writer for nearly 5 years now, and have had articles published on numerous websites like,, and even had Mel Kiper himself cite one of my articles on after I lauded then-unknown Marques Colston prior to the 2006 NFL Draft. I'd consider myself more of a sports nerd than even a movie nerd, and thats saying something.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Eww, yeah, sports are yucky!

    by Kammich

    I understand that this is a movie website, so I'll stop hijacking this thread and let the conversation flow back to the filmic topic at hand. Gotta hit the shit, anyway.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    mr ahole ramirez

    by LowDevil

    I actually played in Canada, no championship but won a HS championship. Merriman must have been a load.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Did someone call me?

    by D.Vader

    I saw the D.Vader-Signal in the night-sky and my Wrist-TV went off.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Continuity? What continuity?


    Nolan showed complete disregard for visual continuity between BB and TDK. Why would he start now? That was one of my biggest disappointments with TDK. I liked the world he created in BB, but he decided to abandon it entirely in favor of being more "realistic." It's a comic book movie, idiot. Shooting in Pittsburgh just further cements his reputation as being a "big picture" guy that doesn't always get the small things that most viewers appreciate.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I'll tell you what I want, AHole

    by D.Vader

    I want Doc Jensen from EW to publish a book featuring every single one of his write-ups for every episode going back to the beginning. He caught a LOT of stuff each week- references and allusions to classic literature, mythology, psychology, music, history, etc- and had some intelligent theories that constantly evolved in light of new revelations. I remember one of his ideas from Season 1 actually turned out to be somewhat true. Anyhoo, that'd make a great book, chronicling the evolution of the show and our expectations/ideas of what it was all about, and how that got smaller and smaller as the show progressed. My book will come out a week after.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Buffalo should be Gotham

    by disfigurehead

    It's got that Gotham look.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    'other stuff' dammit!

    by Smack_Teddy

    i googled Terry Bradshaw, but i live in the uk

  • April 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    braindrain you intentionally ignorant cunt troll

    by Smack_Teddy

    anyone can go and find out what he actually said rather than the shit that comes out your mouth. And let me be clear for other folk: RR Martin being pissed at how Lost ends is not free reign for you assholes to start picking apart all the shit you've been over before like its fact now. Your letting dullard cunt troll Braindrain pawn you lot

  • April 6, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    by Marvac

    Hope they don't get rape by any football players....

  • April 6, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Bats eats at Sir Pizza.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • April 6, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Hey Pittsburgh!

    by Capone

    See these right here? These are my balls. Suck 'em. Chicago=Gotham City. I'm thinking about preparing a Hitler rank video about this injustice.

  • April 6, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    a matter asshole could be another name for dull gimp-trolls like you i guess. Why did someone call you one? They probably find you as pointless and unneeded as i do.

  • you i just deal with mostly cos its like ''someone has to hold this mentally disabled kids hand out in public while his folks have apparently abandoned him'

  • April 6, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Batman orders a hamburger and gets a hamburger with fries

    by smudgewhat

    Stuffed on top of the burger, underneath the bun. "WTF is this shit????" he screams, then trashes the joint before being raped by several Pittsburgh Steelers. Plot twist.

  • April 6, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Hey 8'tallgopher! We all know Gotham of the Prairies is...

    by tangcameo

    ...Saskatoon! Trust me, I've been out there at 3am. Lots of guys running around in leather and rubber masks, driving really REALLY big vehicles like they're trying to compensate for something they're lacking. Saskatoon is Gotham. Regina is Metropolis. Moose Jaw is Hub City (irony!).

  • April 6, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Obviously this is direct hint of one featured croock

    by tomimt

    There are penguins in Pittsburgh after all.

  • April 6, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Re: Gotham has been Chicago

    by huskerdu2

    Apart from when it was London and various sound stages.

  • April 6, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    One BIG reason for Pittbsurgh....

    by TDF

    TUNNELS.... A variety of Tunnels Long Tunnels Abandoned Tunnels

  • April 6, 2011, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah, as a chicagoian..

    by soup74

    this pissed me off.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    he mad.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:06 a.m. CST

    why pittsburgh? i'll tell you why


    apparently there is going to be a lot more 'shithole' and 'slum' in part 3. chicago in TDK did not look like a crime infested gotham.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking that this has to do with tax breaks than anything else.

    by Orbots Commander

    I've read the State of Illinois hiked tax rates for film production (and other businesses). Nolan and WB probably looked at the numbers and figured they'd just find a decent alternative for a crime ridden city, ergo, Pittsburgh, which likely offered a bunch of tax incentives for the production.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Baltimore, not Pittsburgh, IS Gotham City...

    by Arafel


  • April 6, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Okay. Happy filming!

  • April 6, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Decent people shouldn't live here...they'd be happier someplace else.

    by Shannon Nutt

    Hey, I live in Pittsburgh and work in the heart of the city...perhaps I can become AICN's official reporter? It's no secret, Warners is coming here because of the great tax break film companies get for shooting in the state (which our governor just extended - over some silly protests, I might add). He was smart enough to know that filming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES here would bring a lot of attention/economic boost to the area. For those of you who aren't aware, other films shot in and around Pittsburgh include: The Silence of the Lambs The Deer Hunter Wonder Boys Hoffa There's even one scene in THE DARK KNIGHT that was shot here (Harvey Dent's press conference where he says he's Batman) - but most don't know that Nolan snuck in here and shot that scene. So Pittsburgh is no stranger to Chris Nolan.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    It's not like Warners doesn't have the money to spend and help out an area that badly needs the income and a moral boost. I guess it's a lot to expect Hollywood to walk the walk when it comes to showing altruism. Maybe it's enough for them to lecture America to do it while wearing a $20K dress and a million worth of accessories.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is great

    by larry burbridge

    Stop by Priimanti Bros for a Sangwich!

  • April 6, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Was fine with my home town losing out

    by JorEl214

    when it was supposed to be Pittsburgh. As much as I hate Detroit's sports teams, I feel really f'ing bad for everything that has happened there so they could use a movie coming in and filming there. But Pittsburgh? Screw them and their pierogis!

  • April 6, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Need a PA?

    by BeyondStatic

    Pittsburgh is a beautiful city for filming! It will work well for any backdrop, especially Gotham! I'm based in Cleveland, but happy to work in Pittsburgh! :)

  • April 6, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    not exactly a compliment

    by JamesT

    To be filling in for Gotham city.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Bruce Wayne is not a yinzer

    by JamesT

  • April 6, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    @ writefortheedit

    by Lukes Lost Hand

    Dude you're spot on about E STL. Maybe they'll film a scene where Green Arrow takes Black Canary to Hustler Club for amateur night. :-D

  • April 6, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Pittsburgh: City of Batman

    by elfranco

    Michael Keaton could make an appearance and have a battle of the Batmen!

  • that could had been shot anywhere in Chicago, has to be a reason. Anyway I might have to come visit. Im not to far from there and I have loads of family in Pittsburgh and Coraopolis.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    E. St Louis is a great place!

    by larry burbridge

    I always go there for skanky ho's, good fried chicken and primo crack. its the bomb diggity.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Won't be using the Pittsburgh skyline

    by Andrew Coleman

    The skyline there stands out from other cities. So I'm guessing they will use the streets(empty/dirty) and the tunnels. Probably use London and Chicago for the skyline shots. The one huge plus to using Pittsburgh is you can do local casting. Ben Roethlisberger is perfect for the new villain "Rape Bear". He is a shaved bear that somehow became a big time quarterback. Mad about always being disrespected he waits in the dark in bars and attacks young women. He makes the mistake of going after Selina Kyle so Batman teams up with the new Robin(Aaron Rodgers) to beat Rape Bear half to death... So yeah Pittsburgh is perfect.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Otisburgh?... Otisburgh?...

    by impossibledreamers

    Lex Welcome to New California, MY New California - Lex's Marina, Casa del Lex, Luthorville, Otisburgh... Otisburgh? Otis Its just a small place. Lex Otisburgh?!? Otis Miss Tessmach... Lex OTISBURGH!?!!? Otis I'll erase it!

  • April 6, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Fuck Shittsburgh.

    by HoboCode

    Go Browns! That is all.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Go Orioles!

    by Deep Roots

    4-"O" Right on!

  • April 6, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    LOL @ guy who played football for 9 years

    by DonnyUnitas

    I was a TE (Started last two seasons) on a Div 1 NCAA school that played in 2 bowl games. From 6th grade through my senior year of college, it was my life. I even made an XFL team, but my knees just won't let me play anymore. Never got to step foot on that field... So before you make assumptions that nobody here knows football, or sports in general, i'd think again, k? And, uh, to the guy asking where I'm from... Parts Unknown. But I currently reside in NC.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Hey donnyunitas which part?

    by D.Vader

    I'm in NC too.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    This talkback turned interesting

    by skycrapper

    First Martin is right Lost sucks and Thrones has no fucking fairys in it, three words for the mouth breathers, read a book (without pictures in it). Second the Pirates are 3-2, you all should raise a banner. Third you Steelers fans didn't really think you'd win a superbowl here in Dallas did you? Fourth I really don't have anything against Pittsburg except for the damn Steelers. Should be fine as Gotham.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    DumbAss anarchyworldsend

    by Jim Stewart

    Actually the tax rates for filming in Illinois are less than in PA. Probably going for a more grimy look I imaging. Maybe Chicago is just to clean.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Why not Chicago..because

    by Samuel Fulmer

    My guess, even a big Hollywood picture was not able to pay off all the "right" people in order to shoot there again. We've seen firsthand the Chicago political machine at work in Washington, and it ain't preaty folks. Plus as much as people want to bad mouth Pittsburgh, it's got some great architecture and isn't one of the top real crime capitals of the nation.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    @ "8foottallgopher" and "tangcameo"

    by korkie70

    I would love to see the scene where the Batmobile get trashed by pot holes as he tries to avoid the flooding around Les Sherman Park

  • April 6, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Who knew Ultimate Warrior was on these boards?

    by Detective_Fingerling

  • April 6, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Chicago has more important problems than this

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Like having Jay Cutler as a Bears starter.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    d.vader - Triangle

    by DonnyUnitas

  • April 6, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Phillips Conservatory and Botanical

    by FlyingToupee

    Gardens means that Poison Ivy will be making a guest appearance.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I went to school up there Donny

    by D.Vader

    Go Heels =).

  • April 6, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    hah. nah. go pack. ;)

    by DonnyUnitas

  • April 6, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    It's Phipps, not Phillips

    by three.imposters

  • April 6, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I live in P'burgh

    by three.imposters

    Seems like a weird choice. But there are plenty of rundown places to shoot scenes of criminal activity.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I've heard Chicago is extraordinarily dangerous... true?

    by SK229

    And that all anyone talks about there is sports (I'm not anti-sports, just saying) and that it's kind of a depressing place. I had a friend from Jersey, moved to L.A., then moved to Chicago for a bit say that the train stations are like death traps. Is that true? He also said that if you want to live somewhere affordable, it's invariably very far away from where jobs are located and usually pretty dangerous. Could be total bullshit, I don't know, I've never been there. I'd still like to visit, most of what I've ever seen in docs/movies makes it look like a beautiful city.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I use to visit Cary, Durham, Raliegh often

    by MRJONZ72

    My kids mom had moved down there in for a lil over 2 years Once a month, I would run down there to pick my kid up and go back down there to drop her off. (There were a couple of times tho that I met her in VA) but anyway got to see that area, spend some times, very nice area. Havent been down there though since the end of 2001.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    "GO BROWNS!" YES, hobocode, YES!

    by Astronut

    that is all.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Obviously You Trolling Dickheads have Never Been to Pittsburgh

    by Amusetrubator

    Mark my words, this is going to look great on film. The architecture is better for Batman than Chicago. Why do you think that Tim Burton wanted to film his Superman film there? You want dramatic? I defy you to come north out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel after dark and not be impressed.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Still shooting in Chicago too...

    by tang126

    ...according to the article at IMDB. So they'll probably shoot both, mix them as needed. Nobody outside those cities will ever know (or care). There might be some buildings, streets or alleys in Pittsburgh that caught Nolan's eye? It's scheduled for 4-6 months, so that says way more than a few "establishing shots", huh? Probably doing most of the close, street-level stuff there, blended with aerial establishing shots of Chicago (for continuity/tie-in with the first two). It'll all look the same to us, I'm sure. I guess this means we could see a bat boat, huh? Yeah, yeah...Chicago has a river running through it too, I know). :) I think tax breaks factored in some. So these two U.S. cities, but also scheduled for filming in England and Romania, according to the article.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Don't you mean "Go Ravens."

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Sorry but the current Browns are nothing more than an sorry excuse of an expansion team with the same name as the once great franchise.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    At least the Browns aren't owned by Mike Brown

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Mr. I'd rather have someone retire than trade 'em.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by notcher

    Pittsburgh is a lot cheaper to film in than Chicago. Yeah, probably won't tell much of a difference, if any, but disappointed Chi-town won't finish where Batman started.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I live in Chicago. I've been to Pittsburgh.

    by SnootyBoots

    Chicago is, of course, a beautiful city. But so is Pittsburgh. It's not the polluted dying steel town of yore. I was there in the 70s when it was and there's been a world of change since then. Anyone who doesn't know that Pittsburgh is a major American success story hasn't been paying attention. Also, I don't know if Chicago is going to be Metropolis, but that Superman movie is going to be shot around here this summer. So, we've got that going for us. Also, also if some Pittsburgher wants to be an extra on a Batman movie and spend one day on set and then three long, long days sitting in a tent doing nothing, like I did on The Dark Knight, he's more than welcome.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    And I've been to Romania.

    by SnootyBoots

    Parts of which reminded me of Pennsylvania.

  • Benjamin Todd "Ben" Roethlisberger nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. As far as I am concerned, he represents the city of Pittsburgh. He IS Pittsburgh, whether you like it or not.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Were I to venture a guess as to Nolan's thinking...

    by Shannon Nutt

    I'm guessing he's coming here because of the rivers/bridges/tunnels - perhaps for a major sequence involving a Bat-Boat? Also, Pittsburgh is one of those cities that's small and condensed. You have high-tech buildngs a few blocks from run-down areas, and you cross a bridge and your out in the open countryside. So you have the makings of a half dozen very different looking major locations all within a few miles (or often a few hundred yards) of each other - unlike Chicago or New York, where you have to go a considerable distance to get away from the "city look".

  • April 6, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The Chicago Bears v. the Pittsburgh Steelers!

    by Arafel

    The decision to move the location of Gotham City from Chicago to Pittsburgh has everything to do with Chris Nolan's fascination with American Football, and everyone on this talkback and AICN knows it!!!

  • April 6, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I want to see Batman fight Catwoman in a barn

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Maybe they can roll in the hay.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    They've got some good German food in Pittsburgh

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Maybe Bale has to go on a Beer and Brat diet to bulk up from The Fighter emaciation.

  • April 6, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    R.I.P George Clooney

    by Daniel2010


  • April 6, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Snap! That is ridiculous!

    by mimadalaer

    Honestly,...I live near Pittsburgh,...and this news blew my mind! I could see why they would want to film there though. First,...they get a huge tax credit for filming in Pittsburgh. That is why a lot of films have been being shot there lately. Second,...Pittsburgh can be a beautiful city, but there are a lot of grimy, dirty, slummy areas too. If this is going to be a foot race with Bane and Gordon against the Bats,...I could see needing a diverse area to transverse. Also,...they already have their exterior shots from my understanding, I doubt they will be using the overall topography,...just the small areas between. In Pittsburgh, a very short radiance, have a ton of different shooting locals. Such as the casino, the stadium, the riverfront, the airport, two giant shopping malls, (The Monroeville being the home of ZOMBIES), and the freeway has a very non-linear construction...and even I must admit,...driving past the riverfront on the freeway can be one of the most beautiful experiences; even if your life is constantly in danger from road-raged drivers. Also,...Philly,...which I consider the true beauty of PA, a short flight away. Who is to say they wouldn't set up production in both cities if they need some extra exteriors or shots. Philly has just as many beautiful and recognizable areas as the Burgh. Crazyness. I hope all this doesn't pull from the continuity that Chicago provided though.

  • April 6, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    gopher, Sam the Record Man is gone

    by jim

    so no worries there. As for Casa Loma, it would be maybe a bit over the top as Stately Wayne Manor; besides it might confuse some who'd wonder why Batman was living at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Hey, remember when the Hulk & the Abomination fought right in front of the Zanzibar? What great advertising for the city! "Come to Toronto, see where the climax of The Incredible Hulk was filmed, get a lapdance".

  • April 6, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    i pray its because i can't even get Lenny right and not because you are the uber troll

  • April 6, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    And what's so wrong about Bayonne, Choplah?

    by Stalkeye

    It's a decent mix of urban and suburban town. after all, didn't Cruise shoot War of the Worlds in that town? Not to mention exterior shots from HBO's OZ were filmed in Bayonne. Now Newark, that's a whole different story and a perfect location for no man's land. you dont even have to hire extras. hyuk,hyuk,hyuk,hyuk! Poor Corey, the Man has his work cut out for him.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    They're gonna have to CGI the HELL out of the skyline, because Pittsburgh's is awful compared to Chicago's. Or, just shoot the cityscape scenes in Chicago (or use leftover footage from the prior shoots). Otherwise the inconsistency will be very obvious. I can online imagine this was a budget decision.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    ...meant to say...

    by Lord_Byron_Farthammer

    "only imagine"

  • April 6, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Good stuff, and dumb stuff

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    As a native, this thread is really interesting. Lot's of misconceptions (Fuck you, Capone. Start picking up the slack for real already.) But what I'm dying to know is who the hell this Choppa guy is, and where did he all of a sudden disappear to? Probably on another thread trying to seem provocative. Kudos on having something of an opinion, I suppose. Tunnels.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    i also live in the burgh

    by vivalabeck

    been trying to get out of this hell hole for years, but im still excited that batman is coming. they filmed a lot of movies around here recently but most of them havent been all that great. its still kinda surreal that they'd wanna come here. especially with all the talk of this film bringing the series full circle. you'd think they'd wanna keep continuity with where they started in Begins. but remember gotham in batman returns looked nothing like it did in batman 89. the difference being that burton, for some reason, didn't want to approach it as a true sequel. he even had the same sets from the first one, but chose not to use them.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    only thought in response to those who say Pittsburgh is fundamentally noticeably different... is that its possible Gotham will have changed over time... i dunno

  • April 6, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    that wasnt gay muagato

    by Smack_Teddy

    but the erotic anus brow front on Bats cowl forehead was i guess

  • Yes, it's true. The studio heads of WB are, of course, right wing Republicans, so they didn't want there to be any benefit to the hometown of Barrack Obama, who they hate. Therefore, they pressured Chris Nolan to move the production of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to a new location, so they chose Pittsburgh due to the tax breaks. This has everything to do with the vast, Rightwing conspiracy to destroy Barrack Obama, and everyone on AICN knows it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Like someone said above, Pittsburgh has a number of tunnels. And I'm very curious if they shoot in locations that I have personally been (even if only in a moving vehicle). And I love the approach of a fresh visual perspective. --And the city could use the love.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I love Chicago & Pittsburgh is NO Chicago

    by Wcwlkr

    Outside of the Steelers (WHO SUCK ASS) what's Pittsuburgh got?

  • April 7, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST wcwlkr

    by mimadalaer

    The Penguins. ROARS WITH LOLS!!! ...also...George Romero. ;)

  • Day 6: Laughter ensues as Christian Bale repeatedly tries to pronounce "Monongahela" Day 8: Somehow, coal dust is making the Batman costume TOO black Day 10: Half the crew wanders into Washington Heights and is never heard from again. Still regarded as a better location than Chicago.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Pittsburg

    by CharlesFosterKane

    Chicago is Gotham City

  • April 7, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by CharlesFosterKane

    Come on man it's F-U-C-K. I looked it up. Just kidding. I know the city is spelled wrong, but at least I spelled Chicago properly.

  • April 7, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    And Cleveland Gets The Avengers

    by Jack Desmondi

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see either City being used much but for a few fleeting minutes of 2nd unit exteriors/pick up shots. But it shows how both cities know how to make deals. Personally, I'm happy to see it. I'm sick as fucking shit of seeing LA or NY or Chicago again and again and again. At least this will be fresh. And oh yes, I'm from Cleveland. So I can't close without a nice, big FUCK YOU to Pittsburgh. Blessings to all.