The Dark Knight Rises is the grand finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse after such a wicked villain like the Joker with No Future for sole mantra, appears Bane to fulfill the mission of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows.
Released in 2012 in the midst of the world financial crisis, The Dark Knight Rises catalyzes the latent frustrations with growing inequalities between elites and unentitled citizens. By contrast to Bruce Wayne, who despite all his good deeds and childhood hardships was nonetheless born in opulence, Bane struggled all his life and emerges from the shadows to – seemingly – restore the balance of power in Gotham City. Magnificently portrayed by Tom Hardy, Bane is huge yet lightning-fast, with a mechanical voice dubbed by an English accent that makes him come off as a strange aristocratic revolutionary.
With The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan saved the best piece for last and brilliantly demonstrates again his unique epic style that gave Avengers, released a few months before, a serious run for its money and set the bar at an all-time high for the next Batman movies to come. Ben Affleck: you’ve been warned!
The Dark Knight Rises moves Gotham City from Chicago to New York, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, besides introducing beautiful scenes in India to portray Bane’s prison, the Pit.
1. Intro Plane Scene
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
The first encounter with Bane sets the tone for the rest of The Dark Knight Rises at the expense of the CIA agent played by Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones). The very impressive plane scene was filmed in Inverness in Scotland’s Highlands. Shot in real conditions, this stunt had apparently never been done before.
CIA Agent: Tell me about Bane! Why does he wear the mask? A lot of loyalty, for a hired gun!
Bane: Or perhaps he’s wondering why someone would shoot a man, before throwing him out of a plane?
2. Wayne Manor
Exterior: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Rebuilt from the ground after being burned to ashes in Batman Begins, the famous Wayne Manor reappears in The Dark Knight Rises under the traits of the Wollaton Hall, a Tudor-style Mansion in Nottingham (England). Interestingly, it’s the building that inspired the Mentmore Towers that was used as a filming location for Wayne Manor in Batman Begins.
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Bruce Wayne: Actually, they’re letting me keep the house.
Selina: The rich don’t even go broke same as the rest of us, huh?
Interior: Osterley Park House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London, England, United Kingdom
The interior of Wayne Manor where a recluse Bruce Wayne meets for the first time the sparkling Selina Kyle is the Osterley Park House in London.
Bruce Wayne: Those are lovely pearls. My mother had a pair just like them. But that’s impossible because her’s are in the safe, which the manufacturer said was uncrackable.
Selina Kyle: Oops. No one told me it was uncrackable.
3. Gotham Benefit Ball
Exterior: Palace Theatre, 638 South Broadway, Los Angeles, United States
The exterior of the Gotham Museum Benefit Ball where Bruce Waynes make his first public appearance in a long time is the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles.
Paparazzi #1: Who’s that?
Paparazzi #2: Another stiff can barely climb out of his sports car.
Paparazzi #1: No, that’s Bruce Wayne!
Interior: Crush Hall of Senate House, Gower Street, London, England, United Kingdom
The luxurious interior of the charity benefit ball hosted by Miranda Tate is the one from the Crush Hall of Senate House in London.
I started out doing what I had to. Once you’ve done what you had to, they’ll never let you do what you want to.(…)
There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.Selina Kyle
4. Wayne Enterprises
Building: Manhattan, New York City, United States
After Chicago in the first two movies of The Dark Knight Trilogy, it’s up to New York to host the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises. It’s unclear what exactly is the Manhattan building presented as Wayne Enterprises (help anyone?). However, it’s not the Trump Tower – the building was used only to portray the entrance of Wayne Enterprises where Bruce Wayne exits in shame after being ousted from the board.
Boardroom: Office, 50 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, United States
A Los Angeles office was used as a filming location for the Wayne Enterprises Boardroom. It’s in this very boardroom that Bruce Wayne is pushed to the exit by Roland Daggett after being framed by Bane.
5. Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences
Los Angeles Convention Center, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, United States
The legendary Wayne Enterprises Applied Sciences division finds a new home in The Dark Knight Rises at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Lucius Fox: This conversation used to end with an unusual request.
Bruce Wayne: I’m retired.
Lucius Fox: Well let me show you some stuff anyway. Just for old time’s sake.
6. Gotham City Stock Exchange
Building: JP Morgan, 23 Wall Street, Manhattan, New York City, United States
The facade of the Gotham City Stock Exchange was quite appropriately represented by the JP Morgan Building at 23 Wall Street in Manhattan.
Trading Room: 433 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, United States
Inside the Stock Exchange, Bane and his men infiltrated as shoe cleaners and floor sweepers take over the trading floor in a very symbolic scene. This part and the following chase through Gotham City were filmed in Los Angeles.
Trader: This is a stock exchange! There’s no money you can steal!
Bane: Really? Then why are you people here?
7. Dead-End Alley
Lebanon Street, Los Angeles, United States
The dead-end street where Batman seemingly gets cornered by the police is Lebanon Street in Los Angeles.
Commissioner Foley: Like a rat in a trap, gentlemen!
Cop: You might have the wrong animal there, sir.
8. Batman Watches Over Gotham
Queensboro Bridge, Manhattan, New York City, United States
Perpetuating his long-lasting tradition of watching over Gotham at night, Batman picks the Queensboro Bridge as a surveying spot in The Dark Knight Rises.
It’s also on this bridge that the Army erects a barricade to prevent Gotham citizens from leaving the city.
9. Subway Scene
Military Park Station, Newark, New Jersey, United States
The subway where Selina Kyle aka Catwoman leads Batman to Bane is the Military Park Station of Newark, New Jersey.
Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!Bane
10. Gotham International Airport
London Stansted Airport, England, United Kingdom
London Standsted stands for Gotham International Airport in The Dark Knight Rises. If you fly to London from another European destination with EasyJet you are likely to arrive in London Standsted – make sure to pay a close look at the service desks and hallways if you are ever there!
John Blake: You made some mistakes, Miss Kyle.
Selina Kyle: A girl’s gotta eat.
John Blake: Well, you got quite an appetite.
11. Underground Prison
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India
The Pit is an underground prison and, as Bane puts it, the worst hell on Earth because of the light shining through that gives hope to its prisoners. Little is known about the location of the Pit except that it’s in the ancient part of the world. In The Dark Knight Rises, the Pit is portrayed by Jodhpur in India with beautiful views of Mehrangarh Fort.
Crowd: [chanting] Deshi basara! Deshi basara!
Bruce Wayne: What does that mean?
12. Cement Company
Frank Bryan Cement Plant, 100 South 3rd Street, Pittsburgh, United States
The cement company where John Blake starts to make sense of Bane’s plans is Frank Bryan Cement Plant in Pittsburgh.
Commissioner, it’s Blake. I got two dead witnesses and a lot of questions.John Blake
13. Gotham Rogues (Football Stadium)
Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, United States
The impressive explosion scene at Gotham’s football stadium was filmed at Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
[Listening to the national anthem before the Gotham football game] What a lovely, lovely voice.Bane
14. Gotham General Hospital
Delta House, Wellesley Road, London, England, United Kingdom
The hospital Gordon visits after his adventure in Gotham’s sewers is the Delta House in London.
15. Gotham City Hall
Carnegie Mellon Institute, Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, United States
Bane exposes the truth about Harvey Dent in front of Gotham City Hall portrayed by the Carnegie Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh.
16. Blackgate Prison
Software Engineering Institute, South Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh, United States
Bane frees the prisoners from Gotham’s Blackgate Prison, located in The Dark Knight Rises in front of Gotham City Hall. In real life, the Software Engineering Institute of Pittsburgh stands for the prison but is located further than Carnegie Mellon Institute than the movie let it suppose.
17. Gotham’s One Percent
Park Avenue, New York City, United States
The scene where Gotham’s One Percent is savagely assaulted by Bane’s followers was filmed at Park Avenue in New York City near Central Park.
We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city… it will endure. Gotham will survive!Bane
18. Scarecrow Court
Union Station, 800 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, United States
The kangaroo court hearings held by Dr. Crane aka Scarecrow take place at Los Angeles’ Union Station.
Jim Gordon: No lawyer, no witnesses? What sort of due process is this?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Your guilt has been determined. This is merely a sentencing hearing. Now, what will it be? Death or Exile?
19. Gotham’s Citizens Queue
GM Hoff Building, 118 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, United States
Supplies become scarce in Gotham under Bane’s reign and citizens are queuing for food in front of the GM Hoff building in Los Angeles.
20. Lucius Fox Meets the Police
Bank of America Building, 650 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, United States
With Batman broken and exiled, the police forces of Gotham City try to organize the resistance and meet with Lucius Fox and Miranda Tate in the Bank of America building in Los Angeles.
I’ll die before I talk.
Bane: I’m on your schedule, captain.Captain Jones
21. Commissioner Foley’s Home
170 41st Street, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, United States
Gordon visits Commission Foley hoping to convince him to join the decimated police forces of Gotham in their fight against Bane.
The house of the commissioner is in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
22. Pile of Cars
Third Street Tunnel, Los Angeles, United States
The tunnel where Catwoman shows off her skills with the Batpod by blowing a pile of cars is the Third Street Tunnel of Los Angeles.
Catwoman: Come with me. Save yourself. You don’t owe these people any more. You’ve given them everything.
Batman: Not everything. Not yet.
23. Nuclear Truck
Strawberry Way / 7th Avenue / William Penn Place / Exchange Way, Pittsburgh, United States
The scenes where the police led by Gordon try to identify the truck with the nuclear bomb among the decoys were filmed in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Upper Level of South Grand Avenue to the Lower Level at 4th Street, Los Angeles, United States
The roadway where the nuclear truck finally crashes from one level to another is South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. This leads to an acting prowess by Marion Cotillard that sparked laughter all over the Internet.
24. Epic Battle
Pittsburgh, United States
The epic battle between Bane’s cohorts and Gotham’s police forces takes place in the street of Pittsburgh, with the final duel between Bane and Batman on the stairs of the Carnegie Mellon Institute.
There’s only one police in this town.Commissioner Foley
25. St. Swithin’s Orphanage
Franktuary, 333 Oliver Avenue, Pittsburgh, United States
The orphanage where John Blake rescues his protégés is the Franktuary restaurant in Pittsburgh.
26. Batman Statue
Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey, United States
The statue in honor of Batman is erected in Newark City Hall in New Jersey.
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.Charles Dickens
27. Batman’s Waterfall
Henrhyd Waterfall, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom
Certainly one of the most legendary landmarks of The Dark Knight Trilogy: the waterfall guarding the entrance to Batman’s cave is Henrhyd Waterfall near the town of Powys in Wales.
This is where John Blake becomes Robin, Batman’s worthy successor, a new hero Gotham deserves.
28. Caffè in Florence, Italy
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Finally, the modest dream of Alfred becomes reality as he spots his spiritual son Bruce in the company of Miss Kyle in Florence.
This is not really Italy though: the scene was filmed at Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.