"DARK KNIGHT" WEEK AT THE POPCORN REEL: SCENERY FOR A JOKER'S RAMPAGE

Chicago As The Architect For The Joker's Maniacal Playground
By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel

July 17, 2008

"The Dark Knight", which opens at the crack of dawn in some American cities at midnight tonight (in all U.S. time zones) and around the world, was filmed principally in Chicago, one of the world's most awe-inspiring architecturally-rich cities.  Chicago may be called "The Second City" (just don't tell that to the natives) but it more than takes center stage in Christopher Nolan's new film, and to brilliant effect.  Gotham City just isn't Gotham without Chicago. 

"The Dark Knight" was also shot in Hong Kong, with its own splendorous architecture, and in London.

I just returned from Chicago this week.  Here are several pictures of the city, the first two of which were taken from the famed Sears Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the United States of America.

A review of "The Dark Knight" appears here at midnight tonight (U.S. Pacific Time)

All photos below by Omar P.L. Moore/PopcornReel.com.  2008.  The Popcorn Reel.  All Rights Reserved.


The Eastern Side of Chicago, looking north from floor 103 of the Sears Tower
 


The Chase Building -- a scene from "The Dark Knight" features the building logo illuminated at night



The famed elevated rails structure on which Chicago Transit trains run -- several scenes from the new film feature shots of the platform



Chicago Sunset
 


Night falls on the Sears Tower



Chicago's True Dark Knight


"The Dark Knight" Opens Worldwide Tomorrow, July 18, 2008

 


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