THE DARK KNIGHT RISES May Film Scenes at Occupy Wall Street Protests

     October 18, 2011


The Occupy Wall Street protests are long overdue and have spread across the country in a terrific way that will hopefully spur political action against the corporations responsible for the financial crisis (if you think it wasn’t the fault of financial institutions, you’re adorable).  But the Occupy Wall Street protests that are actually on Wall Street may serve a second purpose.  24 Frames reports that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will be shooting in New York City for 14 days, and an unnamed source says “cast members have been told the shoot could include scenes shot at the Occupy Wall Street protests.”  While the real-world events occurring at the shooting locations won’t change the narrative of the film, Nolan could “be using the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film.”  So it’s possible that people who are protesting their unemployment and lack of income could serve as unpaid extras.  But to set cynicism aside for a moment, maybe the TDKR shoot will bring people to the set who want to take set video and photos, and end up joining the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Optimism is fun.

The film stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine.  The Dark Knight Rises opens July 20, 2012.

  • Nate

    keep your political bullshit out of your articles please

    • wraab

      ^^^ this

      bad enough to read the drivel by the liberal media, but I don’t want some “journalist” dropping in his political crap in a article about a move.

    • Common Nonsense

      Seriously, this article’s made me lose a ton of respect for both him this site. Goldberg, you’re a journalist on a site that reports entertainment news. Which means you’re about as qualified as the folks on E! are when it comes to speaking on economic issues. Unless you have a degree in economics or political science like some of the people who might happen to visit your site for their entertainment news do, nobody cares about your opinion. So if you want to voice your horribly uneducated and economically ignorant opinions regarding economic matters, do it on your own blog if you have one.

    • LeviathanUS

      even jon stewart is against the occupy wall street. he knows its an anarchist plot.

  • the mayor

    if you think it WAS the fault of financial institutions and not the people who knowingly over-leveraged themselves thinking they could buy a home they could’nt afford YOU”RE adorable. The protesters should be in Washington who during the clinton adminstration reduced credit regulations and now both parties pretend they had nothing to do with this mess.

    • The Mantis

      TRU. DAT. It’s also hilarious that some of these morons are protesting their college tuition debts in fron of Wall Street. Not in front of Universities, but in front of Wall Street. Idiots.

    • james

      Exactly! That’s where this all started. It’s amazing how few people know this. The fact that Matt claims otherwise just shows his ignorance.

  • Tarek

    For those who didn’t see this video, it shows an accident on the set. the crash of the new “batjet” with a signboard.

  • Dannyboy3030

    Matt Goldberg “King of the Assholes”

  • Marc

    My vote for worst internet journalist: Matt Goldberg.

    Keep your political opinons to yourself, you write for a website that discusses movies and TV shows.

  • Lame Duck

    I think it’s pretty cool that they are using real life events to use as a backdrop for the film. This will be a nice hint of realism in the film that could be a bonus for Christopher Nolan and the production crew. Such a thing can make the film relevant to the current state of our country in 2012 (with the obvious politics aside of course.)

  • yblehSdranoeL

    I used to put up with your cynical, hyper-opinionated articles because I thought you wrote fairly well and articulated your views decently in film reviews. But your need to make your personal opinions heard has seeped so blatantly into what should be a simple news report that I’ll turn to someone else for my movie news–someone who doesn’t use movie journalism as a vehicle to discuss how he/she feels about unrelated topics.

    Collider cannot expect to be taken seriously if its contributing writers treat it like a blog.

  • The Mantis

    Hey look at it this way, If this does happen, it’ll probably be the first thing most of these lazy whiners have done in their lives that’s actually worth a damn! And yeah, Matt Goldberg sucks. Save your opinions for mediums in which people want to read them.

  • Anthony

    Hey Matt everybody on this site hates you and your little jokes.

  • wraab

    I’m still laughing at this “journalist” casting blame entirely on financial institutions, and hoping that it spurs politcal action. You might want to check who all these companies being protested are in bed with – it rhymes with Right Mouse.

  • Super Deeds

    Hey, injecting an uninformed liberal bias – to the point of excluding all of the “less educated” types into unrelated articles is just par for the course on these new-age movie websites and blogs. It’s the new template on how to become a ‘hot’ website by carbon-copying the other ‘hot’ websites, saying the right things, playing the right game the right way at the right time. Wash, rinse, repeat as necessary.

    It’s almost irrelevant if any of us ‘agree’ with the argument being made, much as its irrelevant that the author put any effort into making an intelligent, cogent appeal to reason. The real point, if there is one, is to incite rage amongst the readers, rile them up, and hope that they keep coming back to rack up hits and page ranking. Hence this website’s effort to put the latest ‘controversial’ title on the front page to attract Google’s web crawler, and in other cases maintain false new stories that have been discredited, yet continue to bring in those precious hits.

    And that pretty much sums up Collider these days; inundate your readers with biased, opinion-soaked articles that extoll the one and only true opinion, even to the point of alienating and often insulting the very people you’re looking to win favor with. Why? Because its an easy to to troll, rile the masses, and generate hits. And hits are much more important than integrity, fair play, and treating readers with any type of respect.

    Isn’t that right, Matt?

    • the mayor

      Well Matt, he asked you a question…….

  • Macho Comacho

    These useful idiots have been a goldmine for the various ad agencies, union groups, and sleazy politicians thus far, so I guess that it’s only fair Hollywood join the line to take advantage of them, too.

    It’s not about politics, and it’s not about substance. These disparate and disorganized mobs don’t know why they’re protesting, and they don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They’ve gathered in the most vilified area they can to regurgitate the illogical vomit they’ve been force-fed since birth, laying blame to the evil ‘corporations’ and ‘Wall Street fat-cats’ like the good little soldiers they are. They have no understanding or comprehension of the very concepts they’re exposing, and that’s clear to anyone who’s been within ten feet of one of these things.

    That’s right, kids, protest those giant corporations that ruined your lives, that devastated the economy, and rally against those evil and villainous capitalist swines that take advantage of the poor folk. And do it with your pricey iPhones, Black Berries, Macbooks/laptops, and other corporate-branded products made by – gasp – corporations you seek to destroy. By the way, those sure are some lovely brand name clothes you’re rocking; what are those, Nike Shocks? Is that a GAP shirt?

    Interestingly, word has it the group has begun raising funds, even opening a corporate bank account, and have started organizing a power structure to ‘lead’ them to the promised land.

    Not trying to be political here, and I have no love for the Tea Party zealots, but at least that mob was organized and structured, even to the point where they threw out dozens of established GOP thugs. The single-largest donator to the Obama campaign are Wall Street corporations, and every-single-one of their political representation is from the Democrat Party, not to mention it was a Democratic-led congress that encouraged the bailouts these nitwits are protesting now.

    You want to bet they don’t march on Washington? You also wanna bet they don’t lay much of the blame where it really belongs? Again, the Tea Party zealots took aim and blasted corrupt GOP politicians, and changed the political landscape. If this ‘movement’ is to be any more effective than a typical mosh-pit, they’re going to have to be a hell of a lot more educated about just ‘who’ caused ‘what’, and not simply serve the unseen functions of their shadow supporters.

  • Giovanni

    ”So it’s possible that people who are protesting their unemployment and lack of income could serve as unpaid extras. ”

    Well that was actually pretty funny for once , cuz its ironic and true lol

  • BobTedJohnDoe

    So now they’re all going to consider themselves artists too… starving artists. Hey, maybe they should all become extras on the Les Mis production, because you know it was about poor bums who wanted to hang anyone richer than them.

  • Singularity

    Apparently only about 15% of the protesters are unemployed.

    Apparently a third of them also support using violence to achieve their goals.

    • RIC

      Correct. Most are employed and of those polled, roughly a third of them are ready for “civil disobedience” to achieve their “goals” (which from the sound of it is socialism, sacking jews, redistribution of wealth, etc etc).

      But don’t take this as an opinion, as I refuse to have a hypothetical political discussion on a website devoted to film and entertainment news. Everything I posted came from official polls, soundbites, videos and transcripts.

      Regarding the news… whatever saves a buck, although I believe Chris Nolan must have somewhat of a positive opinion (at the very least a neutral one) on the protests if he’s willing to film there. Maybe Morgan Freeman (a vocal supporter of the protests, unless their run by the tea party…) demanded it? Who knows? Just get it filmed already!

  • Brandt Hardin

    We live in a country no longer represented by the people but by the interests of major corporations and the money they use through lobbying to pay off our elected officials. These politicians no longer voice the opinion of the voters who put them in office but instead speak for the special interests which pay them more and more money to turn a blind eye to the destruction of our environment and the extinction of the middle class. Can Batman bring some needed attention to the problems we face? Visit my artist’s blog at to see my art for the movement and also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well as get other sources for coverage of the movement.

  • Nick Hart

    matt goldberg needs to get laid

  • Lame Duck

    Wow…i wanted to come back and ACTUALLY read something related to the Dark Knight Rises production in Zucotti Park in late October and yet all i see is off topic rants about who’s to blame and wall street this and Democrat that. If you want to complain about polictics (which is all a game of lies to distract the masses of what really going on) go visit or and post there. Matt whats his face doesnt care about what you guys think about him, he knows what buttons to push to get more visits and “hits” on the website and again and again you fools keep falling for it. This is a movie website and yes, Matt was wrong for including politics in the article as it has nothing to do with Batman but the best way to disagree with something is to not address it. I dont understand how a article about the Hobbit can oddly become a race war on these post forums or how a Dark Knight Rises board can become Repubs against Democrats…It just makes you want to say “Wait…What?!”

  • Kevin

    There are a lot of people “protesting” that have no idea why the hell they’re really down there and its ironic because that’s part of the problem too. You can’t blame the people on Wall Street and the people in the government entirely. A lot of the so-called occupiers are just wannabe hippies that don’t understand how life works. So to say that these protests are long overdue and act like the event itself is somehow going to fill the role of a savior is a bit retarded. If people were really ready to make a difference, they wouldn’t be wasting their time at a protest– and so many “occupiers” have given interviews and they’re uniformed as a motherfucker. They just whine about “capitalism, man” and talk about how the rich are screwing everyone over. Its all so simplistic and it shows the youth of America for the coddled babies that we all are. I’m pretty sure Starbucks is the official sponsor of the thing too.

  • Benjamin

    I’ve noticed the lack of love towards Goldberg for a while now, but didn’t really understand the hate. Now it’s driven home. Goldberg’s a pretentious jackhole who believes he’s the most important entertainment writer to ever have hit the internet. I’m pretty sure has done some pretty good take downs of blowhards like him. Now if only can do a little clean up and get back to writers who actually cover the entertainment industry instead of employing schmucks like him.

  • Allan

    batman is being filmed in Pittsburgh, are they having protest there?

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  • Strong Enough

    All you guys are idiots. this is HIS website go complain elsewhere

  • Perzonia Smith

    This is a high budget movie in Hollywood. But actions of this movie are very adventuress. I have watched trailer of this movie and i hope that it won’t let us down .

  • urSoDumb

    hahahaa what the hell…this moron.. so called journalist injecting his liberal BS into this article…hahahaa

    Goldberg are you one of those self hating jews that sides with the pallys and all their terrorist scumbags?….Why don’t you go stand in all the filth of those protesters and be sure to get a nose full of the stink coming off of them….then pull out your wallet and give them all your money ..ya know for the wealth redistribution they are all screeching for…bunch of socialist retards

    • Tarek

      Ursodumb: I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’re so dumb.

      What happened to the Americans ? So no one can have a different opinion without being called bad names ? You are pathetic!

  • urthedumbest

    are you a Pally tarek?….shouldn’t you be getting ready to bomb a bus load a school children instead of posting on the internet?

    • Tarek

      @ urthedumbest: And indeed you’re the dumbest. ^^

      So anyone who doesn’t share with you your pov is a terrorist ? I understand now how we got there in Iraq and Vietnam…

      Le temps ne fait rien à l’affaire
      Quand on est con, on est con!
      Qu’on ait 20 ans, qu’on soit grand-père
      Quand on est con, on est con!

      Thanks Brassens. ^^

      • LeviathanUS

        vietnam war was lost politically….iraq was seen through to its end fortunatly.

        maybe you should read a lilttle more history.

      • tarek

        I wasn’t talking about who lost the war. There is no winner in any war anyway.

        I was talking about how fool people like Bush ( and his fan dumb and dumber ) can easily start a war with anyone who doesn’t share the same valours.

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