If you were hoping that you might see Batman join the fight with Occupy Wall Street, don’t go looking for the bat signal just yet. In fact, you would probably have better luck holding out for Spider-Man swooping in from Broadway’s Turn Off The Dark to save the day.
While Christopher Nolan will begin filming portions of The Dark Knight Rises in New York City over the span of the next two weeks, a Warner Bros., rep tells EW that there are no plans to shoot in Zuccotti Park, the home base for the OWS movement. After an open casting call for NYC extras for the project hit the web, rumors swirled that the project could be filming very close to, if not directly in, Zuccotti Park. Last week an anonymous source told the LA Times, “Cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests” and that Nolan could be using “the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film,” but that simply doesn’t seem to be the case.
The eagerly-anticipated film — which has gone under the code name Magnus Rex and is listed as a current production by The City of New York Mayorâ€™s Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting — had been scheduled to shoot in NYC months before the OWS uprising began.
So, while OWS and its Zuccotti Park residents (who seem to be attempting to stay put well until The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters) may not be immortalized in the comic book follow-up, there’s still plenty of interest elsewhere in catching the social, financial, and political crusade on film. MTV announced yesterday that they will air an episode of their documentary series True Life and feature “three young people” involved in Occupy Wall Street in New York City. None of whom, we’re guessing, will be Bruce Wayne.
(Additional reporting by Grady Smith)
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