Filmed here in Newark: The Dark Knight Rises

Writer/director Christopher Nolan and his “The Dark Knight Rises” production team came to Newark during November 2011 to transform Newark into “Gotham.” And in 2012, on screens around the world (even if for only part of the film), that is exactly what audiences saw.

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The film production concentrated on Newark’s City Hall, which was transformed into a triage center in Gotham, in one of the film’s climactic scenes.

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Newark City Hall was transformed into a makeshift Gotham infirmary and ghetto, with cots lining the hallways and people dressed as vagrants, starting fires and wielding machine guns.

Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard were also spotted on set, though it was more difficult to spot other featured cast members like Christian BaleTom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.

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Inside Newark City Hall, visitors were given letters that alerted them to the presence of both fire and noise, “including simulated explosions and gun shots.” Filming also occurred at 1100 Raymond Boulevard, where scenes included over 100 “Gotham” police, SWAT and emergency personnel and vehicles.

Adapted from an article by Aubrey Sitterson at IFC.com

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