Following months of speculation, the Pittsburgh Film Office announced today that The Dark Knight Rises will be shot in the city, selected by director Christopher Nolan because of its architecture and diverse locations.
“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city," he said in a statement. "We have been able to find everything we were looking for here and I am excited to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with our final installment of Batman."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Warner Bros. production could be in the city for four to six weeks this summer, filming downtown and in nearby areas.
"They're still nailing down actual locations but what they really fell in love with was the diversity of architecture and the gorgeous buildings that we still have in Downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas," Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, told the newspaper.
The Dark Knight Rises is also expected to shoot in London, Los Angeles and New York City. The film stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine (the Post-Gazette also lists Marion Cotillard, but she hasn't been confirmed). It opens on July 20, 2012.