Want to hang out with Batman? Well, purchase a plane ticket to Bucharest, Romania, and wait — you just might get your chance.
According to Romania-Insider, City Hall officials told Mediafax newswire that director Christopher Nolan might film part of his third and final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Bucharest this spring. Mayor Sorin Oprescu said producers met with various city officials to discuss the filming for a “future project.” Locations Nolan provided a list of include Bucharest’s historical center and Edgar Quinet Street. Rumor has it that the Palace of Parliament might also be a potential Batman hangout spot. In December, Nolan also visited the Turda salt mines in northwestern Romania, in an “unofficial” capacity.
What could this mean for the film itself? It stands of note that filming location never dictates or confirms plot points. Just because Bryan Singer filmed the X-Men movies in Vancouver didn’t mean the merry mutants would be fighting for the Maple Leafs. That said, in the case of The Dark Knight, while no major Batman stories took place in Romania, it definitely feels like a place where Batman Begins villain Ra’s al Ghul might spend some of his time. With rumors of Talia’s potential appearance in the film still circulating post Catwoman confirmation, this might help fuel those flames, as Bucharest could serve as a base of operations for the villainess and her League of Assassins.
Then again, it could just be a location for another comic book city or, for all we know at this point, Nanda Parbat, a fictional Shangri-La-like city that interestingly enough, the League of Assassins and Talia frequently attack and visit. Absolutely all of this remains speculation until more information surfaces.
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