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New Batman Movie Shoots Riot Scenes Near Occupy Wall Street

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Superhero and police battle mobs, but this time on set.

Batman and his foes headed down to Wall Street over the weekend and gave onlookers a taste of the Caped Crusader’s martial arts skills in riot shoots just a few blocks away from real life protestors who have squared off against police in recent weeks.

The Daily Mail has some of the photos:

The action started up between the streets of William and Wall in downtown Manhattan, which already have a backdrop-like appearance due to the security measures necessary for Occupy Wall Street. The Occupiers, used to being the main event near Wall Street for tourists and gawkers, played second fiddle to the Dark Knight sequences being shot a few blocks away.

"The Dark Knight Rises," the third movie installment in Christopher Nolan's immensely popular reboot of the Batman movie Franchise, started filming in Manhattan on Saturday, and is scheduled to continue for the next two weeks.  It has been filming mostly in Pittsburgh, and hype around its production has been building for months as photographers snap photos and post them online.

You can see photos of the rest of the street brawling superhero and villains in action, courtesy of the Daily Mail, here.

The much anticipated Batman finale is scheduled for released in July 2012. It's budget is an estimated $250 million. The previous two films in the series, "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" were massive successes at the global box office, with "The Dark Knight" ranked as the third highest-grossing movie of all time, pulling in half-a-billion dollars.

The third movie will bring back Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman from the previous installment, and adds Anne Hathaway, Matthew Modine, and Tom Hardy (playing the villain Bane) to the cast this time around.

As you can see in these screenshots, there are plenty of sequences during which an angry mob squares off against police, and mayhem ensues.

Below is a short video clip of fight scene between Batman and Bane, posted to youtube (spoiler alert):

After you see some of these photos and the video, you may want to go back and compare them to scenes of chaos in Oakland last week, and decide for yourself if this is an eerie case of life imitating art, or art imitating life.

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