Christian Bale starrer The Dark Knight Rises — the much-awaited sequel to the 2008 Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight — will commence its production with a ‘two desert sequence’ to be shot over Friday and Saturday at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhphur, Rajasthan.
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who helmed the series’ first two projects — Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight that went on to make over $1 billion worldwide — will pan the camera in India over the weekend for the final installment of the series. Nolan has written the screenplay for this one with his brother Jonathan.
“Chris flew down to India in December last year in a hush-hush affair for a recce in Jodhpur, and he loved the place. He will shoot a two-day desert sequence there and inside the Mehrangarh Fort on May 6 and May 7,” says an industry source.
“It’ll be a fraction scene in the movie and perhaps the audiences won’t even come to know that it’s India,” the source adds. The fort authorities confirm. “Yes, the movie is being shot here,” says a front desk executive.
The film unit arrived on Wednesday in a chartered plane with over a dozen crew members, and Nolan is expected to fly back on May 8. Bale, however, is not coming to the country.
Bhanupratap Rathore, a local guide, says that the crew will be staying at Taj’s Vivanta Hari Mahal hotel .
Other sources inform that the Jodhpur footage may feature the superhero’s antagonists The League of Shadows, considering their link to Asia, as shown in the movie.
The plot revolves around Batman dealing with his new status as a wanted vigilante pitted against the deadly villain Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway.
Other Hollywood movies recently shot in India
Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise: Mumbai
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Dev Patel and Judi Dench: Jaipur
Trishna, starring Freida Pinto: Mumbai
Singularity, starring Bipasha Basu, Abhay Deol, Josh Hartnett: Orchha, Madhya Pradesh