Batman May Cause A Racket
Usually, when a major motion picture wants to film in a major metropolis, the city and its movie relations department bends over backwards to help the company spend all those millions of dollars.
Not so in Hong Kong.
The Dark Knight (a.k.a. Batman Begins Returns) was, and might still be, going to Hong Kong in November for nine days of shooting in what is generally regarded as a visually spectacular city. But Chinese politicians are balking, siting traffic disruptions and noise pollution. After all, there will be helicoper scenes.
The Dark Knight has wound up several months of shooting in some of the more populated sections of Chicago without incident. In fact, this was a return visit to the "Windy" City, as Batman Begins also did a lot of location work there. As did Spider-Man 2.
Hong Kong is hardly known for its quiet environs, and one suspects the politicos are simply holding out for more money or, as is more commonly known in the industry, "bribes."
Thanks to Adriane Nash for the lead.