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Michael Moore & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Inspired By The Occupy Wall Street Protests

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 18, 2011 at 5:25AM

Despite (some of) the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests painting the participants as a bunch of unemployed, left wing socialists who hate America, for anyone who has actually been down to Zuccotti Park (or to the various places where demonstrations have been taking place worldwide), they know that it's a remarkably wide ranging group of people. From teenagers to the elderly, with parents bringing their young children to see free speech in action, it's pretty inspiring stuff to witness first hand and it seems Hollywood is taking notice, albeit in some completely different ways.
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Despite (some of) the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests painting the participants as a bunch of unemployed, left wing socialists who hate America, for anyone who has actually been down to Zuccotti Park (or to the various places where demonstrations have been taking place worldwide), they know that it's a remarkably wide ranging group of people. From teenagers to the elderly, with parents bringing their young children to see free speech in action, it's pretty inspiring stuff to witness first hand and it seems Hollywood is taking notice, albeit in some completely different ways.

One person who has been tweeting frequently on the ground from the protests in New York City is filmmaker Michael Moore. Talking recently to The Wrap, the director inflates his ego a bit, and reveals that now that other people are starting to voice their concerns against corporations and the government, he can return to filmmaking again. Of course, he's being cagey on the details, revealing that his next project won't be about Occupy Wall Street but that "it will be something that's not being addressed. It will be funny and shocking and hopefully will help move the ball down the field."

So there you go, it will be another issues movie, which isn't a surprise. We just hope that whatever it is, it's more well formed than his completely half-assed and tiresome "Capitalism: A Love Story," which turned an important issue into a series of sketch "comedy" stunts all in a vain attempt to make a point. We've seen him do better, and we know he can do better, but at least it's a step in the right direction that he's not making a reactionary documentary on that is currently ongoing in Zuccotti Park and around the globe.

Meanwhile, Batman nerds got all aflutter today with 24 Frames reporting that with "The Dark Knight Rises" now headed to New York City to continue filming, cast members have been told that locations on the two week shoot may include scenes at the Occupy Wall Street protests. ZOMG. Of course, this could be misdirection, total bullshit or merely some accurate info being blown out of proportion. This writer really doesn't see any significant scenes suddenly being written into the script and shot down among the throng of protesters. Could a second unit crew surreptitiously shoot the crowd to add some background flavor? That seems more realistic. But hey, who knows. If Bale is comfortable doing his thing among the crowd at Austin City Limits, maybe he will go incognito with Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister and shoot something. Or not.

Oh, and here's one more "The Dark Knight Rises" nugget. Cillian Murphy was recently interviewed on Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode's “Wittertainment” Film Review show, where he was badgered about whether or not he'll appear again as Scarecrow in the movie. Here's a video of the embarrassing scene and his non-answer below. And yeah, we're guessing he'll be in the movie, but that's hardly a surprise.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Documentarian, Super Hero Films, Cillian Murphy, The Dark Knight Rises


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