Christopher Nolan, you are an evil, evil man. With shooting on his “The Dark Knight Rises” set to move to New York soon (it’s currently shooting in Los Angeles), Nolan is said to be planning to make use of the current Occupy Wall Street hullabaloo — in particular, the crowd — as part of his movie.
Of course, the irony here is delicious. The basis of the Occupy Wall Street protest is blaming everything including the rain in Spain and the rising price of rice in China on the 1%, aka the wealthy 1% in the United States. Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, would easily fit into that particular niche. Not to mention, of course, Nolan and every actor in the cast, but shhhh!!! don’t tell them that! Then you have this big, gigantic Hollywood studio movie that probably gets a ton of tax breaks just for shooting in various cities, and well, you can sort of conclude that making life easier and cheaper for Nolan and company’s film is probably not the purpose of the folks sleeping in bags and not showering regularly.
In any case, the LATimes thinks Nolan will simply be “using the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film.”
Essentially, he’ll be exploiting the protestors as cheap labor, aka free extras for the movie’s crowd scene. They could then digitize out all the real protest signs and swap in ones against, say, Batman or Gotham City, etc. Orchestrating fake crowd scenes cost money and time, you know. Why not just go ahead and use the ones already there? Brilliant!
I would love to see how many of these protestors “get” that they’re being exploited by a big corporation, and how many run around bragging that they were in “The Dark Knight Rises”. As you can see from the video below, we’re not exactly talking about a bunch of geniuses here, you know…