The L.A. Times is reporting that Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles, will be moving its shoot to New York on October 29, and may have the cast interact with the current Occupy Wall Street protestors. What’s interesting about this is how those protestors will be used. It’s is unknown which cast members (a cast that includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy to name a few) will be doing the interacting.

We’ve seen some staged fighting involving what looks to be protests and large groups, so perhaps this footage is meant to integrate with that. Though the film surely has a massive budget ($250 would be on the lower side of things), human people – real human people – aren’t cheap and that could give some scenes scale.

It’s very likely that they’ll be well integrated into the whole of the story and will not be serving the same purpose, but it’s also fair to say that The Dark Knight was inspired by modern politics. Bale’s Batman was using warrant-less wiretapping to better defeat his enemy, and it’s not hard to read the Joker as a representation of modern terrorism. It’s hard to know how long and what impact the Occupy Wall Street protests will eventually have, and also how they will be used in the movie. This much is sure: There’s no way it’ll be used as themselves.

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