There's a reason why Dark Knight Rises didn't Occupy Wall Street
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES moved its production to NYC last month, shooting an insane Batman vs Bane fight and taking over the entire upper part of the Queensboro bridge last weekend, causing New Yorkers to gripe about the traffic (we love to gripe about anything, so it's ok). One location they had considered shooting was at Occupy Wall Street.
Why didn't they? Well, it seems the producers came to the same conclusion as everyone else- it would be stupid to co-opt the movement for their silly little movie film.
Actor Mathew Modine recently talked to Indiewire about the film and had this to say about why they didn't shoot there.
"The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. At the end of the day, we're making a movie. What's happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what's happening there and around the country… we didn't want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they're doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown."
Good idea. Because people were obviously camping out for two months because they were hoping to see Batman!
It's a disgusting scene down at Occupy Wall Street today after the raid, with the city currently ignoring court orders to let people back in the park. Maybe they needed Batman down there after all.