‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Chooses Detroit Shoot Over Chicago

Director Christopher Nolan further expounds on why Batman is not suited for 3D.

The Dark Knight Rises chooses Detroit 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 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Reel Chicago

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Comments (72)

  1. JasonKat

    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"

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  2. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    Batman doesn't need to be in 3D
    I mean what things you will see right in front of your eyes?

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  3. ZanyZap

    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.

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  4. Daveactor7

    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.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  5. Bane5000

    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...


    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  6. Dan

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

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Bane5000

    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

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  8. slysnide

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

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  9. T.Clark

    I believe in Christopher Nolan.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  10. Shadow Of The Day


    4 years agoby @asifFlag

  11. the MovieGhost

    Hell. Yes.
    TDKR is comin' to Michigan! :D

    4 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  12. Courtney O.

    Detroit is pretty badass

    4 years agoby @chickflickFlag

  13. Cripple

    In Nolan I trust.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  14. Jakn


    4 years agoby @jaknFlag

  15. fake

    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!

    4 years agoby @fake343333333Flag

  16. Dylan Giampaolo

    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)

    4 years agoby @dylan-giampaoloFlag

  17. IlikePie202

    @Virdadrama how would we know?

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag

  18. Virgadrama

    whens the extras auditions

    4 years agoby @virgadramaFlag

  19. IlikePie202

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

    4 years agoby @Ilikepie202Flag

  20. fanboy

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

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  21. Jimthar

    screw all those hairstyles, i say he goes bald like willis and keep it real!!

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  22. T.Clark

    Chris Nolan is the greatest filmmaker of this generation.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  23. Summit10

    its a great environment for the film, maybe some shots for the Arkham Asylum, LA would be for the city landscape and UK would be for the Manor heheheheh :) (if there is a manor there is batcave) :)

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  24. Bane5000

    Bruce Wayne,,, mohawk or faux-hawk...u decide lol

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  25. Bane5000

    im the same way, anything from the 90's, wether its hop hop, rock, R n B, hell even house music from back then i still listen to, even older stuff from the 60s to the 80's id rather listen to more then music thats out these days, like i tell people, any idiot can get a redord deal these days, heres the secret...use auto-tune and ur guarenteed to get signed

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  26. Dan

    Maybe some of them will see the light by how silly we've made it all seem (of which it is). But I doubt it.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. ejk1

    I agree for the most part Supes. I don't care about most of today's rappers, but if someone from the 90's rolls out something new, I'll listen. For instance, Ghostface Killah put out a new album this week, and I'll probably give a listen soon.

    By the way, I kind of feel bad for anyone that reads this later today and sees what we've done with the posts, but this really isn't important news. At least, nowhere near as important as Bale's haircut possibilities.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. Dan

    I gave up on rap/hip hop a LONG time, say, like a decade or so ago. Only thing you'll catch me listening to is Bone Thugs or Tupac, if I listen to any. Sometimes ICP/Twiztid, if I'm in a juggalo mood :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. ejk1

    I already said pony-tail, dude.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  30. Bane5000

    @ejk1...i know, where has the lyricism and creativity gone, every song now sounds the same, i dont even listen to the radio anymore

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

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