Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" Review and Discussion Thread (spoilers)
I, too, also noticed that Gotham was obviously Manhattan Island this time. At least in the first film, there was some attempt to hide it. My inner geek was a little peeved at DC for having fictionalized the names of cities in the DCU in a manner Marvel never has.
There was a lack of consistency. In Batman Begins
we get a very stylized fictional Gotham. In The Dark Knight
the stylized city is gone and it could be any major city. Finally we get a dead ringer for Manhattan although some of the filming was in Chicago.
LA was also used as a standin for Gotham, I could see the famous U.S. Bank tower in a number of shots.
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