Fancy walking in the footsteps of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and the late, great Heath Ledger? Well, now you can, courtesy of On Set Cinema, the popular film screening organization that shows movies in the locations where they were shot. According to comicbook.com, the organization’s next venture will allow fans to watch The Dark Knight in Bruce Wayne’s House.
The location of Bruce Wayne’s House may not be what you think it is. Christopher Nolan’s era-defining The Dark Knight saw Bruce Wayne living it up in an inner-city penthouse instead of his usual Wayne Manor surroundings, following the destruction of his stately home in Batman Begins. The penthouse scenes were some of the most enthralling in the film, especially when the Joker gatecrashes the Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) fundraising party.
On Set Cinema describe the incredible screening event on their website: “I’ll be showing the film exactly where Joker (Heath Ledger) and his goons crash Harvey Dent’s (Aaron Eckhart) fundraiser party and face-off with Batman (Christian Bale) in a fight, then Joker pushes Rachel (Maggie Gyllenhaal) out of a window! This is one of the most captivating scenes in the entire The Dark Knight Trilogy. The building where this scene was shot is located in downtown Chicago on Wacker Dr and has since been turned into the Chicago Architecture Center. The scene was actually filmed on the first floor of the building – the production used green-screens to digitally fill in the Gotham skyline in post-production. There will be free drinks, free popcorn and a filming location tour of the scene! Fans are encouraged to dress up in costume or in formal wear just like in the movie.”
On Set Cinema is presented by The Myers House North Carolina, a life-size replica of Mike Myers’ house from the infamous slasher movie Halloween. The horror movie fan behind the restoration usually uses On Set Cinema to allow fellow Horror fans to watch movies in their iconic locations. On Set Cinema’s 2022 slate includes screenings of films such as Jason Lives (Hard Labor Creek State Park, which is where the Summer Camp in the movie was shot), Carrie (1976) (screened from the gymnasium used in the movie), and of course The Dark Knight, which has its screening event on December 10. The Dark Knight stands out in On Set Cinema’s schedule as a rare non-horror entry. On Set Cinema’s events often feature Q+As with celebrity guests tied to the movie, sadly The Dark Knight will not be featuring the likes of Christian Bale or Maggie Gyllenhall in attendance, but for just $50 a ticket, the event will offer a tour of the filming location and a Batman pop up comic bookstore will be available as well.
The Dark Knight is one of the most beloved comic book movies of all time. It is the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, which features Christian Bale’s iconic take on the World’s Greatest Detective. The 2008 film sees Bale’s Batman come to blows with Heath Ledger’s Joker, with the Australian supporting actor receiving a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the clown prince of crime. Aaron Eckhart makes it a doubly villainous affair with his performance of the downward spiraling Harvey Dent, at the mercy of the Joker’s meddling and transforming into the twisted Two-Face. Alongside Heath Ledger’s acting Oscar, The Dark Knight also won an Academy Award in the Sound Editing category. As well as this, the film scored over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and was unanimously praised by film critics.
Thanks to its success at the box office, in awards season, and with critics, The Dark Knight is often seen as a yardstick for all subsequent Batman movies. As such, On Set Cinema’s unique screening event offers fans a chance to witness one of modern cinema’s greatest comic book adaptations and in a location from the film no less. For $50 a ticket, that is an opportunity many fans cannot afford to miss.