The Dark Knight Rises' Pittsburgh shooting details revealed

Another day, another minor update on The Dark Knight Rises ' production.

It has been announced that Christopher Nolan's epic bat-threequel will be shooting scenes at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, under the sneaky working title Magnus Rex .

But this report is a little more tantalising than it sounds, as CMU's website gave some rather intriguing details about the scenes that would be taking place.

What follows is mildly spoilery, so skip the next few paragraphs if you fancy going into TDKR completely cold:

Apparently, the location shooting involves: "an explosion, a prison break, precision stunt driving, gunfire, atmospheric smoke, and controlled pyrotechnic explosions."

Also: "One character drives a motorcycle through the fourth floor lobby, out the front doors and down the steps onto Fifth Ave."

We didn't need to be whipped into any more of a frenzy about the scale of this trilogy-closer, but those appetite-whetting details have sent us over the edge.

In other news, it is being widely reported that the first teaser trailer (and poster) for The Dark Knight Rises will be doing the rounds with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 .

It makes sense, given that Harry Potter is pretty much Warner Bros' biggest movie of 2011, and with TDKR due out in almost exactly one year's time, it seems like the ideal opportunity to launch some early promo material.

The Dark Knight Rises
opens on 20 July 2012.

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.