Report: $250M Dark Knight Rises May Film at Occupy Wall Street

darkknightrisesposter.jpgThe Occupy Wall Street protest movement may be loosely organized, but protesters in New York and in other cities around the country are firmly united in opposition to one faceless entity: Corporations. So how would the denizens of Zuccotti Park feel about a $250 million Hollywood studio film about a billionaire playboy hero coming to town to potentially use their protests as a backdrop?

According to an unnamed L.A. Times tipster, Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Rises production may be filming scenes at the Occupy Wall Street protests. No official word has come in confirming that this is Nolan's plan, but the sequel shoot is heading to NYC to film at the end of October.

Under its code name "Magnus Rex," the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production will arrive in the nation's biggest city for 14 days starting Oct. 29, according to a casting notice recently issued by producers. And, according to a person briefed on actors' schedules who requested anonymity because production details were being kept confidential, cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Now, if this is true, it could fit the atmosphere of urban unrest already glimpsed in the countless Dark Knight Rises set photos and videos spy-cammed from the set of the July 2012 release. But would the folks of Occupy Wall Street let it fly? Is this potentially good publicity for the movement that, for a good while, seemed underreported on or misunderstood in the mainstream media?

And what could Batman have to do with it, anyway?

Will Nolan's 'Dark Knight Rises' occupy Wall Street? [LA Times]


  • 2+2=5 says:

    I knew it, Occupy Wall Street is just another viral marketing stint for the DKR.

  • We live in a country no longer represented by the people but by the interests of major corporations and the money they use through lobbying to pay off our elected officials. These politicians no longer voice the opinion of the voters who put them in office but instead speak for the special interests which pay them more and more money to turn a blind eye to the destruction of our environment and the extinction of the middle class. Can Batman bring some needed attention to the problems we face? Visit my artist’s blog at to see my art for the movement and also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

  • The WInchester says:

    Off topic, what's the point of having a code name for a movie's production if everything's just going to publish the production's code name anyway?

  • Jen Yamato says:

    Good question. But I bet the number of internet nerds who'd recognize/hunt down the production code name is small compared to the number of normal people who'd pass it by on the street without a second glance.

  • j'accuse! says:

    Oh thanks Jen. We're all internet nerds to you, are we? I'm just going to have another bottle of wine and watch Melinda and Melinda or Cape Fear or something.