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On Location: Bats and Books (?)

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 13, 2007 3:00PM

2007_6batmanset.jpg You'd have to be living under a rock or in a cave (hehe) not to know that the new Batman flick The Dark Knight is currently filming in Chicago. Several spots in the Loop are getting a filmic makeover, and we have some (by now nonexclusive) pics of an interior set. Our source has wisely declined to give us the specific location; after all, you wouldn't want director Christopher Nolan all up in your face because you spoiled his set! We are told that this gorgeous staircase was built from scratch specifically for the movie. Might we be looking at a corner of Bruce Wayne's penthouse?

Previously we announced that the movie adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife had begun preproduction, with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in the leading roles. If you've read the book you know that the Newberry Library plays a prominent role in the story. An anonymous source told us that a location scout for New Line took a tour of the library yesterday, asking questions and taking notes. Obviously this is a very preliminary step (although it's scheduled to go into production this fall) and at this point it's anyone's guess if they'll decide to do any location shooting at the Newberry. We think it'd be a real shame if they didn't at least utilize some footage of the moody exterior and the beautiful lobby. But you never know with Hollywood. Ocean's Twelve also shot some exteriors at the Newberry, and the final result was onscreen for about sixty seconds. Keep your eyes peeled.