Rarely does a city make an impression on a Hollywood studio than the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” wrapped production in the downtown area of Steel City on Sunday afternoon, and they did it with style and class. The people behind “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” have thanked the residents for their cooperation by taking out a full-page ad in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a “Thank You” note.
Nolan had this to say about Pittsburgh.
“My expectations for what we could achieve in Pittsburgh were high, but we’ve managed to capture far more of the spirit of Gotham City in Pittsburgh than we could have ever hoped for,” he said in a statement released Monday.
“Aside from the experience we’ve had shooting here, we’ve really enjoyed spending time in the city, and we’re really looking forward to coming back some other time.”
Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, called “The Dark Knight Rises” team “the most organized, efficient and amazing crew we’ve ever had the pleasure of hosting in the region. They got done on time in the allotted days, got the shots every day and left thrilled with Pittsburgh as Gotham.”
She will get final figures down the road, but said the Batman sequel hired a couple of hundred local crewmembers and several thousand paid extras that supplemented unpaid ones.
“You can’t Google ‘Batman’ and not come up with Pittsburgh right now, internationally. It has put Pittsburgh on the map and at top of the mind in industry decision makers. We already have a lot of attention, and we expect to get more, especially after it’s released next summer.”
Currently in the process of a company move to Los Angeles, “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on July 20th, 2012. The film will star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Josh Stewart, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Abutbul, Liam Neeson, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Christopher Judge, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan directs.
Sources: PerezHilton.com, post-gazette.com, IMDb