Is it me, or is it starting to feel like we get a new, slightly fuzzy, semi-blurry photo from the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” every day now?
While the steady stream of pics have prompted a lot of discussion around the ‘net, it’s hard to believe Christopher Nolan and the Warner Bros. crew are thrilled about all of the unofficial and occasionally unflattering images finding their way online. Even so, today we have yet another spoilery shot from the Pittsburgh set of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and it could reveal one of the new weapons in Batman’s arsenal — a very big, and possibly flight-enabled weapon.
The new photo comes courtesy of Twitter user Ross Petrocelli, who snapped a photo of “The Dark Knight Rises” filming team headed into the Wabash Tunnel with a mysterious, vehicle-size object in tow. Could it be the long-rumored Batwing? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly looks like how I’d imagine a Nolan-verse version of Batman’s aircraft to appear.
Of course, the new photo of what may or may not be the Batwing is only the latest in a long string of big, “Dark Knight Rises” reveals to occur without studio sanction. Let’s take a look back at the timeline, shall we?
Just over a week ago, the flood of amateur coverage began with a series of photos and video from the Pittsburgh set of the film that included our first full-body look at Bane, Batman’s nemesis in the film. Played by Tom Hardy, Bane is seen battling Batman in the footage amidst a massive brawl filled with Gotham police and unknown assailants. The footage also included a shot of the Batmobile (a.k.a. Tumbler) sporting a new, desert-camouflage paint job.
Just a few days later, photos began trickling online featuring Anne Hathaway on the set. Appearing in both a fancy dress and what appears to be some portion of her Catwoman costume, Hathaway was seen in a number of unofficial photos before the studio decided to release their own, officially sanctioned pic of the actress as the feline-friendly burglar Selina Kyle.
While the focus of much of the buzz surrounding the Hathaway photos was Catwoman herself, it’s also worth noting that both the unofficial photos and the studio-delivered shot included a nice look at what appears to be Batman’s Batpod — the motorcycle-like vehicle that burst out of the Batmobile in “The Dark Knight.”
This week began with more “Dark Knight Rises” photos, with shots of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the re-dubbed “Gotham Rogues” and the crowd of extras gathered at Heinz Field making their way online.
Then, less than 24 hours ago, we got our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of the film, courtesy of some new video. The actor plays a character named John Blake, though little is know about him other than the fact that, according to the photo, he will carry a gas can at some point in the film.
At this rate, there’s a good chance that we’ll have enough images and amateur video from “The Dark Knight Rises” to assemble a feature-length, fan-made movie of our own well before Nolan’s final cut hits theaters.
You know what? Consider that a challenge, all of you savvy video editors out there. Let’s see what you can do.