Here’s Why ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Didn’t Shoot at Occupy Wall Street


Last month, we reported on an interesting rumor floating around that Zuccotti Park would feature as a backdrop in Christopher Nolan’s new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which apparently just wrapped up production today. Now, thanks to IndieWire’s recent interview with Matthew Modine, who plays a supporting character named Nixon in the film, we now know the reason why that never came to be.

“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,” he explains. “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.” Sounds reasonable to us. Are you glad that Nolan avoided the Occupy Wall Street protests altogether, or were you hoping to see them figure in to the film in some way? [via Vulture]