The Buildings of Batman Begins
2004 was a busy year for movies in the Chicago Loop. Several major motion pictures were filmed here -- an area that is already no stranger to movie making. This is where The Blues Brothers, The Untouchables, and Ferris Beuller's Day Off got their flavor. In July, about two dozen production trucks hired by Warner Brothers rolled into town. Warner people told the public they were making a movie called "The Intimidation Game." A quick search of the Internet Movie Database reveals that is merely the working title of "Batman Begins." When the Batmobile started showing up on local TV news a few days later being chased by Gotham police cars, there was no doubt.
I am neither a film buff, nor a comic book fan. However, on those occasions when I do see movies I wonder if the buildings and other items I see in the background are real, or some kind of movie magic. When I saw the chase scene in "Arlington Road" with the Houston skyline in the background (an error, as this film is supposed to be set in Virginia), I figured it might be cheaper to make movies on location, rather than fake things in a studio. This web page attempts to showcase some of the real buildings you may see in Batman Begins. It is by no means all of them, because Warner has also shot scenes from this film in London. This page just covers the bits that Chicago contributed.
At the time of this writing, filming has not finished. In fact, they're not even done filming in Chicago. But I can make an educated guess about which building might appear in the film based on the fact that Warner Brothers bothered to light them up.
The area of the Loop used for filming runs roughly from West Wacker Drive at the north to Washington Street at the South, and from North Wacker Drive at the west to North La Salle Street at the east (see map). In addition, a long stretch of Lower Wacker Drive (located underground, beneath West and East Wacker Drives) was used for a chase scene.
Buildings That Will Likely Appear in the Background
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