However, I did head into the city on Saturday to see if I could catch sight of any of the filming action for myself, and THAT I can tell you about!
As soon as I got off the PATH at the World Trade Center and started walking towards the Stock Exchange, I knew things were happening in the neighborhood. I could hear tons of people yelling, fake gunfire, the works! I knew this scene that was being filmed was going to be a big one - over 1,000 extras were involved, and all the big stars were rumored to be a part of it. So yeah, it would be a little hard to miss it.
Of course, I hate downtown because the streets are named, not numbered (terrible idea), so I wandered in circles for a bit before I found a spot where I could actually stand around and see some action. By pure chance (yeah, that's what we'll call it) I ended up along the barricades at the corner of Pearl St. and Wall St. It just so happened that was where many of the "Gotham City cops" were lining up for their scene.
Photo posted to Twitter by @CMay22 of the Gotham Police lining up
Another photo posted to Twitter, this time by @DarylLang, of more Gotham PD
Cluster of police standing around at Pearl & Wall St.
There were also various GPD police cars around the area:
Gotham City license plate
VIDEO: Cops being filmed yelling
Besides the yelling, I just really got to see them wandering around amongst the fake snow (yes, it's fake, don't worry - no more snowstorms for us yet). One particularly good-looking Gotham PD officer came over towards the barricades, so I had to take his picture.
I love a man in uniform.
I hung around there for a bit then started circling the area a bit more to see if there were any better views. I did get a pretty good angle that gives you an idea of the sheer number of extras being used in this scene:
Looking down towards Wall Street from Trinity Church - check out the huge screens and tattered flags!
Tons and tons of people
VIDEO: Fight scene in progress!All that brawling left the aforementioned hot cop a little bloodied, and definitely pretty sore:
Okay, so he really just looks more handsome than battered here, but look! A cut on his face! He looks so dangerous. And you should have seen the other guy!
Even when filming wrapped for the day, there were lingering signs that Downtown New York had been turned into Gotham City:
Gotham Stock Exchange, with tattered flags hanging from the building
Guide for tourists to Gotham City
Exploring Lower Gotham
There are three camoflage tumblers under those tarps!
Pretty cool, right? I wish I had been able to personally catch sight of the tumblers, or Anne Hathaway, Matthew Modine or Christian Bale (oh man, I wish it), but it's still fun to see traces of Gotham City here in New York, and of course, I enjoyed the Gotham PD! Now, we'll just have to wait for the movie to come out to see if I recognize anyone...