Christopher Nolan has been trying to keep production on The Dark Knight Rises as secret as possible, but the first set photo may have already leaked out. The set photo shows the front of Arkham Asylum on what appears to be a soundstage. The person who posted the photo says “my good mate who is working on set at cardington where it’s being shot sent me this.” It’s possible that this is a leftover set photo from either Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, but if that’s the case, then we will be denied the fun of over-speculating on how Arkham figures into the plot of TDKR.
Hit the jump to check out the set photo. The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, and possibly Marion Cotillard. The film opens on July 20, 2012. [Update: Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex tweeted at Batman-News.com that this is a photo from the set of Batman Begins.]