In August of 2011, I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to visit the set of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
When one goes on a "set visit," they actually go to, well, the movie’s set. Such a visit could occur at a studio lot as they film on a soundstage. On the other hand, it could take place outside studio gates while the project shoots on location.
And occasionally, it could be a mix of both.
For example, when I went to the set of THE DARK KNIGHT back in June of 2007, I traveled to Chicago since most of the film was shot in The Windy City. Team Nolan took over an unused building known as “The Old Post Office” in downtown Chi-Town and turned it into a temporary soundstage. Of course, they shot A LOT of TDK right there on the streets of Chicago.
With all that said, Warner Bros. and the filmmakers kicked it up a few notches when it came to the set visit for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. It wasn’t just any old building that Team Nolan was turning into a temporary set this time, let me tell you. On the day we visited, they had turned an entire NFL football stadium into movie set!
So, on one drizzly August morning in Pittsburgh, a select few online journalists and I boarded a shuttle bus in the city’s downtown and headed over to the home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field. There, we were able to sit the stadium’s press box and watch a “football game” between the fictional Gotham Rogues and the Rapid City Monuments.
Oh yeah, during the “game,” Bane and his band of mercenaries crashed the party and blew the place up!
"I went to the set of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and all I got was this T-shirt!"
Here's the list of folks we talked to during out set visit: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, producer Emma Thomas, SFX supervisor Chris Corbould, costume designer and Lindy Hemming. Click on the links below to read Part 1 and Part 2...