Nottingham Does Batman Justice

11 July 2011, 16:22

It was one of the worst kept secrets in the East Midlands but Nottingham City Council have now officially confirmed Wollaton Hall will feature as a location in The Dark Knight Rises.

However, bosses can't tell us whether the Hall was used as Wayne Manor.

Fans will have to wait just over a year to see the local landmark in the eagerly awaited The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in director Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman trilogy, which is due for release next summer.

Hollywood stars, including Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Sir Michael Caine and Tom Hardy have just finished filming on location in the region.

Emma Thomas, producer of this Batman trilogy:

"We've had a great experience shooting at Wollaton Hall. We're enormously grateful to the staff there and the people of Nottingham who were very accommodating. We hope everybody will be excited to see their local landmark on screen next summer."

Set Jetters

Experience shows that locations which feature in films are given a huge boost in publicity and visitor number and the city is being warned to expect set jetters, people who travel around the world to see locations from the big screen in real life.

For example, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, featured as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, saw a 230% increase in visitors.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:

"This is an amazing opportunity for Nottingham. It's not every day we get the chance to welcome Oscar winning Hollywood actors and their director to Nottingham and we were delighted when Warner Bros. agreed that Wollaton Hall would feature in this movie.

"There are Batman fans the world over and Christopher Nolan's first two films have been widely acclaimed, so there's every reason to believe that Wollaton Hall's involvement will generate national and international interest, and attract many more visitors over the coming months and years."

Destination East Midlands

Screen Agency EM Media had assisted the film's UK locations team with their searches for a variety of locations as part of its remit to support and attract film productions to the East Midlands.

Emily Lappin, Head of EM Media's Communications and Inward Investment, said:

"This is a real coup for Wollaton Hall and the city. Nottingham is well known for producing home grown British independent films and Christopher Nolan is an exciting and visionary filmmaker who has reinvented the Batman film franchise. Wollaton Hall is a fantastic film location and its profile is set to soar".

Emily also told Capital that the East Midlands will continue to try and attract big names and productions to the region and that over the last year the East Midlands has really proved itself as a great place to film.

Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park are now fully open.

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