Batman Will Occupy Wall Street

The nation’s been captivated by the Occupy movements for about a month now, and Christopher Nolan hopes to bank on the national movement. The LA Times reports that The Dark Knight Rises is set to bring their production to New York City for two weeks starting October 29th and hopefully shoot some scenes with the protestors in the background.

This isn’t the first film to take advantage of a national protest, but certainly the most high profile. The Dark Knight left Gotham City in complete and utter disarray, and the citizens of Gotham certainly have a right to be all riled up. Nolan is famous for having a very controlled and precise set, so this reliance on a complete unknown element is a bit odd, but still welcome.

This certainly fits in with the Nolanverse’s tendency to draw real life parallels. The Dark Knight is often described as commentary on how we deal with terror and government in a post 9/11 environment, and how hope to change our world can ultimately lead to destruction. The Dark Knight Rises seems to be exploring what happens when hope fails, and I for one can’t wait to see how Nolan chooses to end his tenure in Gotham.

The Dark Knight Rises opens everywhere on July 20th, 2012.

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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