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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will film in Pittsburgh
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
By Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Flick the Bat Signal.

It’s official. “The Dark Knight Rises” is coming to Pittsburgh this summer to film the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s spectacular franchise starring recent Oscar winner Christian Bale in the title role.

“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city,” the London-born director said in a statement. “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.”

Mr. Nolan, a favorite of audiences and critics who also made “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” along with “Inception,” “The Prestige” and “Memento,” met this morning with representatives of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming the Batman film to Pittsburgh, and eager for the economic impact that our city will experience,” the mayor said in a statement. “This is another example of the growing film industry in our community, and we will be rolling out the red carpet for them.”

Dear Mr. Nolan,

I suppose as a fierce Chicago partisan, I should be writing you in outrage about filming your final “Batman” installment in Pittsburgh; but actually, I can’t muster the bile. Chicago will remain an excellent destination for film-makers, partly because you did such a fabulous job with “The Dark Knight” (which really needs to be seen in IMAX to appreciate the lush cityscapes your cinematographer captured). I’m happy for Pittsburgh which I’d like to visit someday — it is my understanding they are like a smaller, grittier version of Chicago!
Anyway, best of luck to you and the crew as you begin filming.

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