"The Dark Knight Rises" could give Los Angeles a much-needed lift.
The next installment in the Batman franchise will film at least partially in Los Angeles beginning this summer, people familiar with the project said.
Warner Bros. recently set up a production office for "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Los Angeles Center Studios, where director Christopher Nolan also had an office during the filming of "Inception," which filmed in six countries but featured some key scenes in L.A.
Although it's not clear how much of the movie will film locally, having a major studio feature (with an estimated budget of at least $175 million) shoot even partially in town comes at a welcome time for L.A., which also is playing host to the fourth installment of the "Spider-Man" franchise. The region has been struggling to keep such big productions from shooting outside of California.
The previous Batman "Dark Knight" was filmed in Chicago and Britain, which has attracted a number of feature films because of its film tax credit.
As our sister blog Hero Complex reported, Anne Hathaway will take on the role of Catwoman and Tom Hardy will play the villainous Bane in the next Batman movie, with Christian Bale returning in the title role.
-- Richard Verrier
Photo: Christian Bale as Batman in 2008's "The Dark Knight." Credit: Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.