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Filming of ‘The Batman’ returns to the Loop this weekend

Exterior scenes are being shot throughout Chicago, which is once again representing Gotham City.

By
Zach Long
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Last weekend, the streets of Chicago were once again used to represent Gotham City as crews filming scenes for The Batman took over portions of the Loop. The forthcoming movie directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as the titular caped crusader will continue shooting in the Loop this weekend, shutting down several streets as the crew continues shooting exterior scenes.

According to a report from ABC 7, the Chicago Department of Transportation is closing a series of streets to facilitate filming, beginning at 6pm on Friday, October 23 and concluding at 9am on Saturday. The closures are centered around LaSalle Street between Jackson Boulevard and Washington Street—a section of the Loop that previously hosted a climactic showdown between Batman and the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight.

Last week, The Batman (which is being shot under the working title Vengeance) set up tents, newspaper stands and Gotham Police vehicles around the Thompson Center and shot what appeared to be a motorcycle chase. There were no confirmed sightings of stars like Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz or Paul Dano during the Chicago shoot, and that will likely hold true this weekend, as the majority of The Batman is being filmed in England.

Before you run out to try to catch a glimpse of a stunt double in a bat-suit this evening, keep in mind that in the face of rising case number, city officials have asked Chicagoans to refrain from unnecessary gatherings. There will be plenty of photographers capturing the action and sharing photos and videos on Twitter if you simply can't wait until The Batman premieres in theaters on March 4, 2022.

In the meantime, check out some photos from last weekend's shoot.

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