We’re not at all upset or jealous or full of boiling rage because director Christopher Nolan has taken the Batman franchise away from us here in Chicago and moved production for the next film to Pittsburgh. No, not at all. These clenched teeth and the white-knuckled grip, pay them no heed. Those things and all the cursing are just our ways of saying how happy we are for that other “city.” To prove it, we point you to ArchDaily, who recently put this post together, highlighting the best of Pittsburgh’s architecture that might possibly be put to use, given Nolan’s penchant for using pieces of great and modern metropolitan buildings as doubles in the fictional city of Gotham. The always-shiny and reflective PPG Place, designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson, seems like it has to be a given, though they also throw out some “maybes,” like Charles Klaudner‘s ultra-gothic Cathedral of Leaning. With production beginning at the end of last month, thus far Nolan’s crew hasn’t hit up any of Pittsburgh’s notable architectural landmarks (unless you count Heinz Field, where the Steelers play, which is certainly a large building, but hardly a standard when it comes to modern architecture), and both the city and the production are keeping things on a need-to-know basis, so it’s a wait and see kind of game. If you’d like to follow along and see what gets used next, we highly recommend staying on top of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which has nearly become the Gotham Globe of late.
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